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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2011

    [solved]disable/move hotspot (activities launcher)

    Hi all, first post for me, hope this is the right forum.

    I switched from unity to gnome last night and im liking it a lot (especially with all the extensions you can get over at

    The only thing i would like to change is the behavior of the hotspot in the top-left corner. Id prefer to disable it completely since using the super key does exactly the same thing and sometimes the activity menu gets activated when i hover my mouse to close to the corner.

    Ofcourse ive already googled for a solution but the only one i found ( doesnt work for me since my panel.js is different from the one mentioned in the link.

    So, can anyone tell me how i can disable the hotspot functionality in Gnome 3.2? Thanks a lot!
    Last edited by chickenpoxparty; December 10th, 2011 at 05:47 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2011

    Re: disable/move hotspot (activities launcher)

    Right, found the solution:

    1. Backup layout.js:

    sudo cp /usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/layout.js /usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/layout.bak

    2. Open layout.js:

    gksudo gedit /usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/layout.js

    3. In layout.js, look for the line: this._corner = new Clutter.Rectangle

    4. 4 lines down (under opacity):

    change reactive: true --> reactive: false

    5. Save changes to layout.js

    6. Alt-F2 - R

    and done.

  3. #3
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    May 2006

    Re: disable/move hotspot (activities launcher)

    many thanks for this tip - been looking everywhere for how to turn off this annoying 'feature'.
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