I've just updated my machine from Debian Wheezy to Debian Testing. The GNOME version is 3.8.4 but I have an annoying problem.

The bottom notification area is gone and I don't know how to make it reappear. I mean the notification area where minimized icons of the programs are shown.

How to view the notification area in GNOME?

  • ahrrrrrr!! I didn't know that! But this is a new feature of the recent gnome right? Anyway, thanks!!
    – matteo
    May 5, 2014 at 13:30
  • You must start mouse movement in the middle of the screen, go to the lower border and CONTINUE moving down the mouse until the panel appears.
    – mgiammarco
    Jul 9, 2015 at 8:21

3 Answers 3


This is known as Message tray in GNOME 3. It contains all the notifications that you have not acted upon or that permanently reside in it. It also shows the status icons of your running programs (which uses it).

The message tray is hidden by default. It appears when you move your mouse to the bottom screen edge and let the mouse rest there for a short period of time, or press Super + M. You can close the message tray by pressing Super + M again or Esc.

The new message tray was added in GNOME 3.6 with lots of improvements over the old one. See the release notes of GNOME 3.6 for more information.

  • weird is that if I move the mouse to the bottom-right corner, nothing appears. Nevertheless, the Super + M combination works fine!
    – matteo
    May 5, 2014 at 13:45
  • @matteo: It would take a bit of getting used to when using the mouse, but it works :)
    – Aditya
    May 5, 2014 at 13:50
  • not so sure about it... should the behavior be the same as for the upper left corner? if so, I'm pretty sure it doesn't work
    – matteo
    May 7, 2014 at 7:52
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    @matteo Moving your mouse to the upper left corner brings in the Activities Overview, not the message tray. So, it is expected to be different :)
    – Aditya
    May 7, 2014 at 10:47
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    @matteo it's not just you, on my vanilla installation moving the mouse doesn't work too. Super + M does the trick luckily Sep 16, 2015 at 16:42

I noticed that if you have Dash to Dock extension installed, the tray is only actionable by Super + M


In my experience I must do some "pressure" with my mouse on the bottom edge of the screen. With Dash to Dock extension Super + M and "pressure" are works.

  • Can you describe how the "pressure" you refer to differs from the resting the mouse at the bottom of the screen that Aditya mentioned in their answer? May 9, 2015 at 20:32
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    For me the message tray becomes visible if I move the pointer "past the bottom", eg. keep moving the mouse even at the edge. Sep 17, 2016 at 7:19
  • Whether it's "pressure" or a timed delay depends on Xorg version. (Delay was used before Xorg added the 'barrier' feature.)
    – user1686
    May 10, 2018 at 13:54

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