I'm using Ubuntu 18.04.1, the other day I installed Ark from the Ubuntu Software app but ended up uninstalling it after a couple minutes because it wasn't working well.

Recently I noticed that the icon is still there so now I'm wondering how to remove it. Thanks in advance!

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the standard places where *.desktop-Files are stored are:

/usr/share/applications/ and


To check if there is an ark in these folders I'd in a Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) do a:

ls -la /usr/share/applications/ | grep -i 'ark' and

ls -la ~/.local/share/applications/ | grep -i 'ark'

if so I'd delete it with sudo rm <pathtofile>/<*.desktop-file>, sudo is not necessary when deleting the file in your home folder.

Afterwards, or even if there is no arc*.desktop-File I'd do a forced update to my menu via:

sudo xdg-desktop-menu forceupdate --mode system

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  • Hi! When I run ls -la /usr/share/applications/ | grep -i 'ark' and ls -la ~/.local/share/applications/ | grep -i 'ark' nothing happens. Is there something I'm doing wrong? – Lucy C Dec 2 '18 at 18:03
  • no , nothing is wrong, this simple means there aren't any. then a simple sudo xdg-desktop-menu forceupdate --mode systemshould do the trick – db429 Dec 3 '18 at 0:33
  • ps: stumbled over this one askubuntu.com/questions/40884/… – db429 Dec 3 '18 at 0:40
  • Do I have to reboot after trying sudo xdg-desktop-menu forceupdate --mode system ? – Lucy C Dec 3 '18 at 3:10
  • sorry forgot, a simple logout should be enough – db429 Dec 3 '18 at 5:10

If you're command-line challenged, you could:

  1. Position the cursor over the unwanted icon.
  2. Hold down the Right mouse button. This will bring up a menu.
  3. Scroll down to "Move to Trash", and release the mouse button.
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  • You mean after opening the correct location in file manager? Otherwise this may very well be interpreted as "right clicking on the app icon in 'Show Applications'" (as in screenshot) which I believe won't work. – pomsky Dec 1 '18 at 17:11
  • How can I find the location in file manager? – Lucy C Dec 24 '18 at 22:51

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