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

Tom H tomh0665 at
Thu Apr 22 19:09:59 UTC 2010

On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 11:11 AM, Basil Chupin <blchupin at> wrote:
> 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.
> Doing:
> 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  :-(.

Someone had posted
echo "gtk-enable-tooltips = 0" >> ~/.gtkrc-2.0
to stop the balloons of the bottom task bar.

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