2009-08-08

How to disable Skype chat notification popup boxes on the Mac OS X

This blog post explains how to disable the notification box with dark gray (black) background in the top right corner of the Mac OS X screen whenever somebody sends you a Skype chat message. The instructions given here have been verified and found working on Mac OS X 10.5.8 (Leopard), but they may not work in Snow Leopard (10.6).

One of the following solutions should work. Please try both.

  • You will not find the setting in Skype's preferences. To disable these notifications, you have to modify your Growl preferences. In the Apple menu (Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen), select System Preferences / Other / Growl / Application / Skype / Configure / Notifications. (If you don't have the item named Growl above, then that's probably because you are using Snow Leopard, and this howto cannot help you.) Here you can change the settings for various notification types. Disable Contact is typing and all containing message received.
  • (boakananda's solution) In Skype 5.0 for the Mac, the default setting is to have visual popup notifications, which are built into Skype and independent of whether Growl is installed or not. (You have the option of having Growl control the notifications, but the default is to have the notifications built-in from Skype). If you want to get rid of the notifications, go to the Skype menu, Preferences, click on the Notifications button, and select the check box Disable all visual notifications.

40 comments:

greta said...

Awesome! Thanks!

a w said...

Thanks a million!

kimu said...

thank you! it was driving me nuts!

Dr Sugar said...

I would have never found that... wow. I owe you one.

Marjorie K. said...

THANKS!

Maria said...

Dude, thanks a lot! It was driving me insane!

t said...

Man, thanks a lot - these notifications were getting me crazy!

Boomano said...

That's really useful, thanks. Couldn't find out how to turn them off!

Michal said...

Thanks! Really helpful. Somehow it was turned on and distracts since then.

Mamozio said...

Thanks a lot!!!! I was thinking to smash the mac screen

Alexji said...

THANKS!!

robsadventures said...

Was looking for this for a while thanks

Taca said...

Thanks a lot bud. Really good tip.

BTW, how on earth did growl get installed in my mac?

Cecile said...

Thank you so much. You saved my mental health! :-P

Guziy Alexander (Huziy Oleksandr) or just Sasha:) said...

many thanks ))

RK said...

Thank you very much!!!

Rodney said...

Agree this is an annoying feature.

In the Growl control panel ( system prefeences) you can also select the 'Applications' tab, and deselect (uncheck) Skype.

Rod

Rodney said...

Actually, you can select to remove Skype in the 'Applications' tab menu.

Select Skype ( check box under Enabled) and select below to remove Skype.


Cheers

Rod

Max said...

Maxsaid.....
Awesome TA, i was looking for it 5min :)

Karisa said...

Thank you so much! I was nearing a breakdown it was so annoying!

Brandi said...

thank YOU!!!!

John Buck said...

thank you very much. that sign on and sign off function was driving me crazy.

Bargain Briana said...

Thanks! This was driving me INSANE and I only had it going for one day!

Elyse Fretz said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Eric said...

THANKS MATE !! You save my MacBook Pro from a nice fly over my office... Cheers

peculiarjulia said...

i generally regard notifications as a good thing, if i'm having a day when beeps bother me i generally just hit mute.

Linnea Williams said...

yes, thank you thank you!

jhalak said...

I don't have the growl thingy under the other column. WHY?

lmy da ing said...

where is the growl thingy???

Cathartes said...

i know this is an older post, but just came across it from a Google search on the issue. Thank you for posting!

Henry Whitney said...

You're still serving humanity. Thanks!

Will said...

Thanks for this!

boakananda said...

in Skype 5.0 for the Mac, the default setting is to have visual popup notifications, which are built into Skype and independent of whether Growl is installed or not. (You have the option of having Growl control the notifications, but the default is to have the notifications ‘built-in’ from Skype). If you want to get rid of the notifications, go to the Skype menu, Preferences, click on the Notifications button, and select the check box “Disable all visual notifications”.

boakananda said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
KatiƩe.Ge said...

thanks a lot, i think it helped me, just don't know where i got this growl from? :O

Siany said...

Thanks for this blog post! I was going batty with all the pop-ups!

Michelle said...

Been looking everywhere for this answer, thanks YOU!!!!!!!

Iain Nevill said...

Thanks!!!!!!

todd said...

thx

Tree Surgeon said...

omg thanks man I could not survive without this useful piece of advice.