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I want to remove the MeMenu, without removing the logout/shutdown/restart/etc. button next to it. I never use social networks, so I have no use for this function. Any tips?

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You can remove it from panel without completely removing it from the system – user Apr 18 '11 at 6:13
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sudo apt-get remove indicator-me

If you also want to get rid of the Messaging Applet:

sudo apt-get remove indicator-me indicator-messages

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There's no need to remove indicator-messages for this purpose. That will remove the messaging indicator as well. – mgunes Oct 20 '10 at 22:55
Oh, I don't want that! Anything else? – Lyrositor Oct 20 '10 at 23:00
Wait, that worked! It completely removed it! Perfect. I just removed that last part about indicator-messages. – Lyrositor Oct 21 '10 at 1:05
Thanks for clarifying that. – Lifer999 Oct 21 '10 at 3:56

To only display the session manager, launch gconf-editor from the terminal or the "Run Application" dialog (call by pressing Alt+F2). Next browse to /system/indicator/me/ and change the vaulue for display from 1 to 0.


Or you can just run this command in the terminal:

gconftool -s /system/indicator/me/display --type int 0

To re-enable the MeMeun, run:

gconftool -s /system/indicator/me/display --type int 1

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Perfect, worked like a charm. Thanks a ton! – Lyrositor Oct 20 '10 at 23:21
Oh, wait, just one thing. Not really important, but the icon is still there. The username is gone though, which is the most important. – Lyrositor Oct 21 '10 at 0:36
As @Lyristor said this doesn't quite do as requested! – 8128 Oct 21 '10 at 7:19
Hmmm.... Are you on Lucid? It works for me on Maverick. Watch: – andrewsomething Oct 21 '10 at 13:04
Reboot. You'll see what happens. – Lyrositor Oct 21 '10 at 19:54

You can also add applications you don't want to appear in the dropdown to the blacklist at ~/.config/indicators/messages/applications-blacklist by copying their configuration from /usr/share/indicators/messages/applications into that directory. See this bug for more discussion.

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