Anyone knows how to remove "web apps" I made in Chrome using menu => extra => create shortcuts (no real Chrome apps) from the app menu in Ubuntu? When right-clicking on a normal app (Thunderbird in this case), I see this:

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I use Dutch language but I think it's obvious: note the "Deïnstalleren" (uninstall) button next to the start button. But, when I right-click on a Chrome web app (which I made from the menu => extra => create shortcuts), in this case Facebook, it shows me this:

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Note the difference? No uninstall option. Can I achieve this in another way? Thanks in advance!

P.S.: I'm not a professional. I use Ubuntu three days now. Please keep it simple for me. :)

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Remove it from Chrome.

Go to chrome://apps, right click the app you want to remove and select Remove from Chrome.

Those are Chrome desktop apps, not Ubuntu apps installed through Software Center or from deb package. That's why you can't remove them from Unity.

If it doesn't work, go to ~/.local/share/applications and look there for specific desktop files by ID. For example:

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has the shortcut chrome-njkkjobcechefaoknodniidfjapgfoco-Default.desktop

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    Note that in chrome://apps you'll only find Chrome Apps, and not the shortcuts to random websites you made. But those launchers can be found in '~/.local/share/applications' as Cornelius said.
    – Jk041
    Dec 9, 2014 at 13:53
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    Sometimes the name of the files doesn't indicate the app that it opens. Example: chrome-gidgenkbbabolejbgbpnhbimgjbffefm-Default.desktop. Try searching within the files. For example, if I created a desktop app for Gmail, I'll search grep -r ~/.local/share/applications -e 'Gmail'. Jun 6, 2016 at 15:33
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    Removing Chrome apps by deleting all chrome-* files in ~/.local/share/applications is a handy way to remove them if they've been left behind and Chrome is no longer installed on your system. Really useful to know! Feb 13, 2018 at 1:42

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