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.
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.