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#1 2017-01-14 16:45:48

Registered: 2016-11-25
Posts: 1,103  

Taming Xfce 4.10 Desktop tooltips

Here are some tips about how to deal with the humongous tooltips that popup on the xfce 4.10 desktop icons. They are incredibly annoying and distracting. There used to be an option in Settings > Desktop > Icons to toggle "Show icon tooltips" on/off but it has disappeared from xfce 4.10. I was told that option is returning in xfce 4.12.

If you want to disable ALL tooltips add this line to ~/.gtkrc-2.0. Note: Users have noted some problems with this method:

gtk-enable-tooltips = 0

If you want to keep tooltips functional, here's how to at least reduce the footprint of the desktop icon tooltips by eliminating the image in the tooltip. This also goes in ~/.gtkrc-2.0. No side effect here but YMMV:

style "xfdesktop-icon-view" {
    XfdesktopIconView::tooltip-size = 0
widget_class "*XfdesktopIconView*" style "xfdesktop-icon-view"

Note that if you are using the Clearlooks-Phenix-Purpy theme, this fix to match the purpy wallpaper is already included there:

style "xfdesktop-icon-view" {
XfdesktopIconView::label-alpha = 0
XfdesktopIconView::selected-label-alpha = 0
XfdesktopIconView::tooltip-size = 0
base[NORMAL] = "#000000"
base[SELECTED] = "#94928d"
base[ACTIVE] = "#b5b3ac"
fg[NORMAL] = "#ffffff"
fg[SELECTED] = "#ffffff"
fg[ACTIVE] = "#ffffff" }

# xfce4 stuff
widget_class "*XfdesktopIconView*" style "xfdesktop-icon-view"

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