How can I remove "frequently used programs" from the menu?


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This is not possible with earlier versions of Unity but will be possible in Unity 5.0: see the image in one of the answers here:

To get rid of the "Most frequently used programs" section:

  1. launch dconf-editor (which is part of the dconf-tools Install dconf-tools package)
  2. navigate to /desktop/unity/lenses/applications
  3. uncheck the display-recent-apps box

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(click to install)

Configuration of Display Recent Apps and its counterpart Display Available Apps is now available directly via the GUI application MyUnity

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The image shows the option turned off - you can click as shown to switch-on the Dash display of recent apps.



If you want to install unity 5.0 on 11.10:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity-team/staging
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

I have upgraded, works perfectly.

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