Skype Auto Popup with Cinnamon

** Update 2 July 2014 ** May be outdated, see comments

Since my migration to Linux Mint 12 I noticed a very annoying issue. When receiving a new message Skype pops up to the forefront over the current window. Needless to say it’s extremely annoying!

Luckily a quick google shows a active bug at github which contains a couple of suggestions. I tried simply disabling the auto focus feature bit this ended up making all my panels disappear. This fix by rat4 seems to solve the problem.

Here’s what I done

sudo wget -O /usr/share/cinnamon/js/ui/windowAttentionHandler.js
sudo wget -O /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/org.cinnamon.gschema.xml
sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

Went to System Tools->Dconf Editor and change the value of notification-style to 0

Screenshot of dconf editor

Possible values are,

0 – do nothing here, but other notificators (window list applet) still can take care
1 – bring window to front, like current cinnamon
2 – show banner “app is ready”, like gnome shell

The final step is just to restart Cinnamon.

Now when I get a new message it has the desired effect and simply flashes rather than pops up.

Fixed skype notification


  1. God, it broke my cinnamon and I did not save those files. Do you know where I could take them from, so that I won’t have to reinstall everything.

    Mint 13 with Cinnamon 1.4

  2. Try reinstall the gnome-shell-common and cinnamon packages which should restore the original files.

    I actually use MATE now so don’t use the above patches. They should also be committed into the newer version by now.

  3. Hi,
    I wanted to get the same notification mode as the one that you show in your screenshot. Since it seems to have changed, i wanted to know if there is a new way to do it.
    Thanks in advance

  4. I have the same problem as Ciprian. I tried to reinstall Cinnamon, but is still stuck at fallback mode. Any ideas how to fix this?

  5. RenardBleu, I stopped using Cinnamon awhile ago and started using MATE instead as it doesn’t appear to have as many issues and has been working well with my 4 monitors since.

  6. navyzet + Benny Bonecracker, This was posted in 2012 and likely isn’t valid anymore for the newer versions. I have edited the post so it refers to comments but if you need the original files you can just reinstall the gnome-shell-common and cinnamon packages which should restore the original files.

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