How to Disable Mouse-over Tooltips in Ubuntu 13.04 / 13.10

Last updated: September 12, 2013

This simple tutorial will show you how to disable the mouse-over tooltip messages in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring and Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy using CCSM.


It’s easy to do it using the CompizConfig Settings Manager by setting totally transparent tooltips. So that you can see them. NOTE: This method won’t work for the tooltips for Unity Launcher.

To get started, install CCSM in Ubuntu Software Center. You don’t have to do something special, just search for and install CompizConfig Settings Manager. Then you can open it from Unity Dash.

Open CCSM, click on ‘Opacity, Brightness and Saturation’ to go to its configuration page. Then enable this plugin, click new to add a rule, type in Tooltip and set the value to 0 and finally close it.

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That’s it. To restore, just remove the rule in the plugin’s configuration page. Enjoy!


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One response to How to Disable Mouse-over Tooltips in Ubuntu 13.04 / 13.10

  1. Unfortunately, your solution only works with compiz and I am using metacity. Does anyone know how to disable the tooltips when using metacity?