Hey guys,

I just installed Ubuntu 13.10 on my Asus U46E-BAL6 laptop.

There are a few icons in the tray up top that I dont use, and I was wondering how I could remove them.

For example, I never need to use the mail icon or keyboard icon.

Any ideas?

  • There is no tray in Ubuntu anymore and there probably never was. The icons are called indicators.
    – LiveWireBT
    Oct 30, 2013 at 8:32

2 Answers 2


I know you can remove the keyboard icon by going to System Settings | Text Entry , then unchecking show current input source in the menu bar (checkbox in the bottom left).

As for mail, see scouser73's answer.


To remove the Mail icon, open the Terminal, and copy & paste the command:

sudo apt-get autoremove indicator-messages

Now press Enter and enter your password, then press Enter once again

Now you need to restart lightdm with the following command in the Terminal

sudo restart lightdm

Press Enter and enter your password then press Enter, lightdm will flash and the Mail icon will no longer show.

As for the Keyboard icon, follow the answer given by Novine.

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