Getting rid of 'balloons' - SOLVED (?almost?)

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Thu Apr 22 15:11:34 UTC 2010

On 20/04/10 21:22, Basil Chupin wrote:
> I am getting most annoyed by having balloons come up everytime I put the
> cursor over an icon. I KNOW what the icon is about when I put the cursor
> on it and I don't want the darn balloon not only popping up but also
> obscuring the text or whatever under it. I mean a balloon even comes up
> "telling" me to login as<name>  - I know who I am!
> Is there any way to switch off these 'balloons'?
> (Using Ubuntu Lucid Beta 2.)
Many thanks to all those who contributed to this thread and provided the 
answer for me.


hit alt+f2, run gconf-editor, navigate>  to /apps/panel/global/tooltips_enabled .... uncheck the box ...

does the trick - at least it got rid of the balloons as they appeared on the*top*  taskbar. The ones on the bottom taskbar still appear  :-(.

What now would be nice is to be able to also get rid of them from applications, say, Firefox and Thunderbird where, again, they are a pest. But perhaps with at least FF and TB there may already be some setting which I don't know about which stops the balloons from being activated.


"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
                                                                     Galileo Galilei

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