I have been using Super+M to access the notifications area then Tab followed by Space to cancel/dismiss notifications.

Is there a "quicker" shortcut (i.e. more direct/immediate action)?

  • I don't have access to a GNOME environment but does pressing escape do anything?
    – TheOdd
    Commented Nov 10, 2016 at 17:56
  • Did you check dconf ?
    – M. Becerra
    Commented Nov 10, 2016 at 18:01
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    I haven't found a real solution yet, but worth noting that you can tab all the way through to "clear all" and enter or space to clear them all at once. Beats clearing them one at a time, at least.
    – eggsyntax
    Commented Sep 28, 2017 at 17:17

3 Answers 3


Super+N to focus the currently displayed notification followed by Esc works for me.


A small hack..
Run the below command in terminal or create a shortcut with the below command.

gdbus call --session --dest org.gnome.Shell --object-path /org/gnome/Shell --method org.gnome.Shell.Eval 'Main.panel.statusArea.dateMenu._messageList._notificationSection._list.remove_all_children()'

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If you want to disable notifications:

  1. Open the Activities overview and start typing Notifications and click on Notifications to open the panel.
  2. Switch the toggle to OFF.

You can press Super+V to open the notifications tray/calendar.

Notifications will still be available in the message tray when you display it, by clicking on the clock, or by pressing Super + M, and they will start popping up again when you switch the toggle to ON again.

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