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I installed programs to tweak Ubuntu settings. I found a blog that gave me good ideas, and also a good place to start.

The problem is that these programs that I was installing in my computer to tweak, installed an icon in the System Settings.

How to remove the icons of the following programs: MyUnity, Skype Wrapper Settings, Ubuntu One, Ubuntu Tweak.

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What programs? If you want to remove the programs, then uninstall them. – dobey Feb 5 '14 at 22:19
I would rather keep the programs, but only remove the icons. I have modified the question to include the programs. – Diego Feb 5 '14 at 22:26
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If you want to remove icons from the System Settings, you have to edit the .desktop file.

For example we will use ubuntu-tweak


gksudo gedit /usr/share/applications/ubuntu-tweak.desktop

Find and remove


then save the file, open System Settings, and they are now gone.

Note: Some applications might get rehoused after an update. The .desktop might get updated to the newer version, with the X-GNOME-Settings-Panel setting back in the file.

The steps above can be applied on any application that house them selfs in the control center.

Further reading

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Great, this is just what I needed. – Diego Feb 5 '14 at 22:50
You should copy the .desktop file into the ~/.local/share/applications/ directory before editing it. Updates will overwrite changes to the files in /usr/share/applications/. – dobey Feb 5 '14 at 23:01
@dobey, I was thinking about that myself. But, when i edited the file the ubuntu tweak icon was still in the Control Center. It seems that the Control Center only reads the file from /usr/share/applications/? Thats what I concluded anyways. – blade19899 Feb 5 '14 at 23:07

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