When searching for "Skype" I always see these 2 entries. There is this duplicate blank Skype icon. Both of them seem to run Skype in the same way.

Skype icon screenshot

But I've checked both /usr/share/applications, and ~/.local/share/applications, and can't find the extra icon so I can delete it.

Also as described here, sometimes similar ghost icons are present even after removing associated applications.

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    Could it be one is snap install and the other is a deb install?
    – Carl
    Sep 27, 2018 at 12:44
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    That's probably it. Any idea what I can do about that? Software manager only shows one entry. And I did keep my home partition from a previous Linux Mint install so that probably has something to do with it...
    – Domarius
    Sep 27, 2018 at 21:05
  • @Domarius That's a very important piece of info, you should have mentioned in your question. What are outputs of the following commands in Terminal: apt policy skypeforlinux | grep Installed and snap list | grep -i skype?
    – pomsky
    Sep 28, 2018 at 6:40
  • @pomsky I'm new to Linux though. As far as I was concerned, I did a full re-install from Linux Mint and kept my home drive, which should have only had user related settings, and program settings (not actual programs). But Alexandru's answer was the ticket!
    – Domarius
    Sep 28, 2018 at 23:29
  • might work for related problems: sudo apt-get install menulibre
    – Ferroao
    Jun 5, 2019 at 18:17

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It seems you have snap installed as per your reply to @Carl's question.

Installing Skype from two sources (snap and .deb) lead to some junk .desktop files after removing the snap package. You can solve this by cleaning up after removing the snap.

Check the /var/lib/snapd/desktop/applications/ directory for a skype_forlinux.desktop file or something with skype* in the name (or any .desktop file which may be associated to the application). If you find it, move it somewhere else (e.g. /tmp) and check again by searching though 'Activities'.

It should be fine now.

  • Thank you, that did it! I guess since it's on the root file system, there's no way it's left around from the previous Linux Mint install I had. If the only way it could have got there is from me installing Skype twice, then I'll have to accept that I somehow did that and forgot about it...
    – Domarius
    Sep 28, 2018 at 23:31
  • I had a handful of steam icons I removed from ~/.local/share/applications but the 'games' folder they all sat in still exists. Are there any other places these could be in?
    – tjaqu787
    Nov 13, 2022 at 17:51

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