I'm using Linux Mint 16 (Cinnamon desktop).

Is it possible to make Skype window be highlighted in the bottom panel when I receive a message (like on Windows 7)? I want to do this because sometimes I miss Skype messages, and I want to make receiving messages more perceptible.

This is how it looks on Windows 7:
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I know that Cinnamon GUI is written in JavaScript. I'm pretty experienced in JavaScript, but I have no idea which files should I edit.

Or maybe I can just change some option in Cinnamon or Skype settings?

Thank you very much.

  • Do other windows highlight for you? Because for skype it seems to work fine in other window managers.
    – Jan Hudec
    Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 7:07
  • @JanHudec I've installed Linux Mint a few weeks ago, and for this time I've never seen any window is highlighting
    – Oleg
    Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 8:47
  • Than it's generic problem of the Cinnamon interface; for me Skype highlights in the task just fine (in KDE) and so do many other programs.
    – Jan Hudec
    Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 9:19

2 Answers 2


I've found a solution. I had to edit 2 JavaScript files:

1) /usr/share/cinnamon/applets/[email protected]/applet.js:

Find these lines:

this.actor._delegate = this;
this.actor.connect('button-release-event', Lang.bind(this, this._onButtonRelease));

this.metaWindow = metaWindow;

and paste this line after them:

metaWindow.actor = this.actor;

2) /usr/share/cinnamon/js/ui/windowAttentionHandler.js:

After this line:

_onWindowDemandsAttention : function(display, window) {

paste these ones:

    if (window && !window.has_focus() && window.get_wm_class() && window.get_wm_class().indexOf("Skype") > -1) {

Then hit ALT+F2, and enter r command. Cinnamon will be restarted. It takes about 10 seconds.

This is what you have to do. Now when you receive a message the dialog window should be highlighted with red color (so the dialog window must be opened, otherwise nothing will be highlighted)

This is how it looks like now: enter image description here


My Cinnamon version is 2.0.14. If you have another version (type cinnamon --version in terminal), it might not work, or the system might crash. If it happens, revert all changes in those 2 files and restart Cinnamon (or computer)


not possible. according to glebihan linuxmint developer:

<~glebihan> it would have to be modified on skype's side, nothing that can be done in cinnamon

  • 1
    glebihan is possibly misinformed in thinking that Skype does not implement window attention. Skype seems to implement it as seen from its behaviour with other WMs. Commented Mar 17, 2014 at 4:09

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