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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.


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Find applications listed in the indicator here:

ls /usr/share/indicators/messages/applications

you can easily remove/rename them.

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