In Gnome 3 on the top right corner I have this universal access icon with all these options which I am not intending to use in the meanwhile. How can I disable/hide the useless for me icon there?


Edit the file /usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/panel.js

Comment out this line like so:

//'a11y': imports.ui.status.accessibility.ATIndicator,

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There is an extension for that called GNOME Shell noa11y, which removes the Accessibility icon from the GNOME Shell system status area.

more information here.

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  • That one didn't work for me with gnome shell 3.2.1 – cweiske Jan 11 '12 at 7:18

In 3.5 and I believe 3.4 the function was moved to


if you comment out line 11

'a11y': imports.ui.status.accessibility.ATIndicator,

it will disable calling the accessibility icon

I also posted a solution at Gnome Shell Remove Accessibility Icon

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  • I'm on 3.4 and this is indeed the case. Thanks for the tip. Worked for me (after a restart, alt+f2, 'r'). – Jack Jun 14 '13 at 1:30

Easy, Click the control Cog at the top right (the one to the right of your name>) Second click System Settings, from there select Universal Access, then select typing and UNSELECT "turn on accessibility features from the keyboard."

The icon should instantly disappear. HOWEVER you may need to reboot.

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    That does not work for me; it only shows/hides an icon in the system tray on the bottom right of the screen. Restarting gnome3 does not help (alt+f2, "r") - the icon stays – cweiske Jan 11 '12 at 7:07
  • didn't work for me as well – subeh.sharma Jan 11 '12 at 9:15

Not a real solution, but notable: There is bug #640190 in the gnome bug tracker which requested this ability. Unfortunately, it has been closed as WONTFIX.

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For 3.6 there is no solution at the moment. See https://github.com/ecoleman/noa11y-colemando.com/issues/7

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For 3.6 you can remove 'a11y', from line 99 that starts with right:

[ for section 'user': { in /usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/sessionMode.js
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For GNOME 3.6 there is an extension at https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/112/remove-accesibility/ that solves the problem. It worked for me in Ubuntu 12.10.

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