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How to remove the mail icon indicator applet?

How do I remove the mail/IM icon (envelope) from the notification area in Ubuntu 12.04? I'm not using the IM client nor Thunderbird and would like to remove the icon.

marked as duplicate by Jorge Castro, fossfreedom May 18 '12 at 19:20

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Find applications listed in the indicator here:

ls /usr/share/indicators/messages/applications

you can easily remove/rename them.

  • Renaming or removing the file doesn't work on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, even after rebooting. – Jonathan Landrum Aug 1 '17 at 15:31

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