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    Default Gnome 3 - Is there a permanent notification area??

    Hello,

    I am probably asking a question that has been beaten into the ground many times now, since Gnome 3's official release. However, my restless googling has provided no useful results, and I'm running out of steam.

    Is there ANY decent way to get a notification area display permanently in Gnome 3? Either in the top bar, or a permanent bottom panel?

    I have a couple of programs, most notably Pidgin, that use the notification area. With Pidgin, I get no alerts whatsoever when I receive new messages. Since the bottom bar autohides, it completely trashes the purpose of putting notifications down there in the first place.

    For Pidgin specifically, I was able to install a plugin that provides on-screen notifications regardless of which desktop is running. However, they don't last long, and I'd like a notification that's easy to catch when I come back to my computer from being away for a while.

    In my ripe old age, it's easy to forget that I have Pidgin running and unread messages, unless I have something blinking in the top or bottom of the screen, infinitely awaiting my action.



    Anyway, does anyone know of a solid way to solve this "problem", or a good work around? I really do like Gnome 3, despite its flaws. I'd like to work around the little problems if possible.


    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Gnome 3 - Is there a permanent notification area??

    Quote Originally Posted by travlemon
    Hello,

    I am probably asking a question that has been beaten into the ground
    many times now, since Gnome 3's official release. However, my restless
    googling has provided no useful results, and I'm running out of steam.

    Is there ANY decent way to get a notification area display permanently
    in Gnome 3? Either in the top bar, or a permanent bottom panel?

    I have a couple of programs, most notably Pidgin, that use the
    notification area. With Pidgin, I get no alerts whatsoever when I
    receive new messages. Since the bottom bar autohides, it completely
    trashes the purpose of putting notifications down there in the first
    place.

    For Pidgin specifically, I was able to install a plugin that provides
    on-screen notifications regardless of which desktop is running.
    However, they don't last long, and I'd like a notification that's easy
    to catch when I come back to my computer from being away for a while.

    In my ripe old age, it's easy to forget that I have Pidgin running and
    unread messages, unless I have something blinking in the top or bottom
    of the screen, infinitely awaiting my action.



    Anyway, does anyone know of a solid way to solve this "problem", or a
    good work around? I really do like Gnome 3, despite its flaws. I'd
    like to work around the little problems if possible.


    Thanks in advance!

    Hi
    have you visited https://extensions.gnome.org there are extensions
    there that retain the notification until you click on it, plus lots of
    other goodies.

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    Default Re: Gnome 3 - Is there a permanent notification area??

    Thank you! The Evil Status Icon Forever extension was exactly what I needed!

    Instructions for future users who stumble on this thread:

    Simply go to the link referenced by malcolmlewis, and search for an extension you might want. Click the on the extension you want, to visit its page. Then click the On/Off switch to download and install it. You'll receive a Gnome 3 prompt to install the extension, click Install.

    Then, open the Advanced Settings program in Gnome, click on the Shell Extensions section. Simply find the extension you downloaded in the list, and click the On/Off switch to turn it on.

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    Default Re: Gnome 3 - Is there a permanent notification area??

    Quote Originally Posted by travlemon
    Thank you! The Evil Status Icon Forever extension was exactly what I
    needed!

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR FUTURE USERS WHO STUMBLE ON THIS THREAD:
    Simply go to the link referenced by malcolmlewis, and search for an
    extension you might want. Click the on the extension you want, to visit
    its page. Then click the On/Off switch to download and install it.
    You'll receive a Gnome 3 prompt to install the extension, click Install.

    Then, open the Advanced Settings program in Gnome, click on the Shell
    Extensions section. Simply find the extension you downloaded in the
    list, and click the On/Off switch to turn it on.

    Hi
    You can also restart the shell (atl+F2 r <enter>) then on the browser
    page for the extensions, hit the about tab, you can enable/disable your
    installed extensions here as well.

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    Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
    SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel 3.0.13-0.27-default
    up 1 day 6:45, 2 users, load average: 0.10, 0.04, 0.05
    CPU Intel i5 CPU M520@2.40GHz | Intel Arrandale GPU


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