In Kubuntu 18.04 I have a lot of applications that I never use and don't care for. Not only Kmail and Kontact that I can remove, but also Contact Print Theme Editor, Contact Print Editor, even Kmail Header Theme Editor, which I cannot find with Synaptic, not even with Discover.

They appear as contactprintthemeeditor, contactprinteditor and headerthemeeditor in System Activity list, but cannot be removed with apt under those names.

Are they part of a larger package?

How to remove them? They appear in my search/launcher and I find that confusing as I never use them.


The .desktop files corresponding to contactprintthemeeditor, contactthemeeditor (not contactprinteditor which isn't on my system) and headerthemeeditor are:

  • /usr/share/applications/org.kde.contactprintthemeeditor.desktop
  • /usr/share/applications/org.kde.contactthemeeditor.desktop
  • /usr/share/applications/org.kde.headerthemeeditor.desktop

Copy these .desktop files over to ~/.local/share/applications and edit them to add a line containing NoDisplay=true. That will prevent these items from appearing in your menus. The same approach maybe used to hide anything else you don't want to see.

Modifying the version in ~/.local/share/applications will ensure the change you make survives a software update.

As to the origins of these items,

locate contactprintthemeeditor contactthemeeditor headerthemeeditor | grep -E "\/usr\/bin"

gives me


Running dpkg -S for each of them gives

$ dpkg -S /usr/bin/contactprintthemeeditor
kdepim-themeeditors: /usr/bin/contactprintthemeeditor
$ dpkg -S /usr/bin/contactthemeeditor
kdepim-themeeditors: /usr/bin/contactthemeeditor
$ dpkg -S /usr/bin/headerthemeeditor
kdepim-themeeditors: /usr/bin/headerthemeeditor

And one can get more information on KDE PIM here. From there:

KDE PIM is part of KDE. Its goal is to provide a suite of applications to manage personal information. This includes mail, calendar, contacts and more. The main result is Kontact, our personal information manager.

Looking at a partial output of apt depends kontact shows entries relating to kdepim and to grantlee (which provides the theme aspects):

$ apt depends kontact 
  Depends: kdepim-runtime
  Depends: kio
  Depends: libc6 (>= 2.14)
  Depends: libgcc1 (>= 1:3.0)
  Depends: libkf5completion5 (>= 4.97.0)
  Depends: libkf5configcore5 (>= 4.98.0)
  Depends: libkf5configgui5 (>= 4.97.0)
  Depends: libkf5configwidgets5 (>= 5.23.0)
  Depends: libkf5coreaddons5 (>= 5.2.0)
  Depends: libkf5crash5 (>= 5.15.0)
  Depends: libkf5grantleetheme-plugins
  Depends: libkf5grantleetheme5 (>= 16.08.0)
  Depends: libkf5i18n5 (>= 4.97.0)
  Depends: libkf5iconthemes5 (>= 4.96.0)
  Depends: libkf5kcmutils5 (>= 5.0.0)
  Depends: libkf5kdepimdbusinterfaces5 (>= 4:15.12)
  Depends: libkf5kiowidgets5 (>= 4.96.0)
  Depends: libkf5kontactinterface5 (>= 15.08.0)
  Depends: libkf5libkdepim-plugins
  Depends: libkf5libkdepim5abi2 (>= 4:17.

So it's probable that purging kontact from your system will directly rid you of the various items you've mentioned and certainly clean up your menu!

If not, try:

sudo apt remove kdepim-themeeditors

By the way, at this time, KDE Neon's manifest doesn't include kontact.

  • removing kontact has removed some other packages but not the ones mentioned. – user47206 Jun 22 '18 at 13:15
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    what needed to be removed was kdepim-themeeditors, as indicated by the command you posted: dpkg -S. Solved. – user47206 Jun 22 '18 at 13:19

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