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

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Fri Apr 23 06:56:48 UTC 2010

On 23/04/10 05:09, Tom H wrote:
> 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.

It hasn't done so for this 'suffering soul' :-( . They are still there, 
in all their glory :-) .


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                                                                     Galileo Galilei

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