Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mail Notifications and Notify-OSD

A lot of people use mail-notifications on Ubuntu to notify them of emails. However, actions are enabled by default in mail-notification. This means that everytime you get new mail, notify-osd causes mail-notification to open the notification in a window.

Clearly, this is not very convenient. What we would want (to ensure compatibility with notify-osd) is a discreet little notification in the top-right corner of your screen. This is easy to do.

1. Run gconf-editor
2. Navigate to apps -> mail-notification -> popups
3. Delete all values for the 'actions' key

You will now get the new style notifications.


  1. thanks! ;)

    i tried a lot of notificators (gmail, specto, checkgmail and others)... mail-notification is the best!

  2. is it any wrong not having the mail-notifications branch on gconf?

  3. @Anonymous: You probably don't have mail-notifications installed. In that case, don't bother.