Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Apps and Files & Folders icons in Launcher

Hi there, I've been looking for some information about how to delete those Icons (Applications and Files & Folders).

Why? Simple, because I understand that Ubuntu's button (BFB) it's a better solution, I can reach to the same options and I understand that there is not any good reason for have 3 different buttons for the same target.

From BFB I can find apps, files, folders.

Deleting those items (I've proposed into Ayatana) we recover more space, good space.

So, do you know how to delete theme, or just hide them?



share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 14 down vote accepted

Run the command gksu gedit /usr/share/unity/places/applications.place and add ShowEntry=false line below Shortcut=a and below ShowGlobal=false for removing the application lens.

Run the command gksu gedit /usr/share/unity/places/files.place and add ShowEntry=false line below Shortcut=f for removing the fie lens.


share|improve this answer
Yes, you're right. Wile I was answering other comments I've saw yours. Deleting those files we lose the functions and that's not the idea. Thanks! –  Martín Casco May 12 '11 at 21:46

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.