Getting rid of 'balloons'

Tom H tomh0665 at
Tue Apr 20 19:03:35 UTC 2010

On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 2:42 PM, sktsee <sktsee at> wrote:
> On Tue, 20 Apr 2010 10:51:34 -0500, Cybe R. Wizard wrote:
>> On Tue, 20 Apr 2010 10:46:58 -0400
>> Tom H <tomh0665 at> wrote:
>>> There must be a
>>> setting that you can edit with gconf-editor or gconftool2 to prevent
>>> balloons from popping up.
> $ echo "gtk-enable-tooltips = 0" >> ~/.gtkrc-2.0
> will nuke all tooltips except for the metacity decorator bar tooltip
> because -- from what I can tell -- it's fixed in the source code to
> display no matter what the theme, or what any gtk resource files specify.
> Although, I could be wrong about that and just haven't figure out where
> or what to change to get rid of it.
> If you want to retain tooltips, but would rather lengthen the delay before
> one pops up, say to 2secs instead of the default 500 milliseconds, then type:
> $ echo "gtk-tooltip-timeout = 2000" >> ~/.gtkrc-2.0
> Again, this setting has no effect on metacity. However, for lucid there's
> supposed to be a new gconf setting as outlined in this bug report,
> which allows you to
> disable metacity tooltips. I'm still on Karmic so I can't test whether
> the setting works or not.

The gtkrc-2.0 solution above worked for me.

gconf entry exists inn Lucid (it was ticked for me).

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