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When I turn on laptop, with Ubuntu 12.04 installed, Pidgin Internet messanger appears in the list of the little letter from the right of the screen, up.

I don't want pidgin start by itself. I want to start it myself and stop it myself.


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Is it listed in

System > Preferences > Startup Applications

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ok, thank you for answering. And how can I access that system etc? I'm a beginner.....sorry. – user153959 Apr 30 '13 at 8:23
ok, I found Startup applications preferences....but it is empty !! – user153959 Apr 30 '13 at 8:33
  1. Press Super (windows key), search for Startup Applications and open it. If you see pidgin there, deselect it.
  2. If don't follow next steps:

    • open a Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run next command (that show hidden startup aplications): sudo sed -i "s/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g" /etc/xdg/autostart/*.desktop
    • reopen Startup Applications as in step 1.
    • now you should see for sure pidgin, deselect it.

Also, this video should be helpful: Tricks to Speed Up Ubuntu.

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Radu, thank you. I saw the list but Pidgin was not in it. I looked twice. But Pidgin appears in the list of the little envelope sign, up and right on the screen. Is it a bug? – user153959 Apr 30 '13 at 9:34
@user153959 Did you follow step 2? – Radu Rădeanu Apr 30 '13 at 9:42

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