I started to ask "What's this not-a-panel panel in Unity, and how do I control it?" but I've at least gotten as far as realizing it is the "global menu".

My global menu has a message notifier widget in place that scans my email, empathy, pidgin, etc. for new messages. I'd like to ...

  • Remove Evolution from the menu (It shows me both Evolution and Thunderbird even though I don't have any email addresses set up on Evolution).

  • Tell it to use Pidgin or Empathy -- for some reason it is currently showing me both.

I'm frustrated that right-click doesn't give me any additional options here. I can't even figure out how to quit Pidgin, since it is only in my message indicator, not in my launcher.

2 Answers 2


The indicator menu items are in


so if you want to get rid of something, you can delete it from there. For example, delete


to get rid of evolution. Note that this will affect all user accounts, and it will be difficult to get it back.

For a less permanent method, create the folder

mkdir ~/.config/indicators/messages/applications-blacklist/ -p

and copy the menu items you don't want into there

cp /usr/share/indicators/messages/applications/evolution ~/.config/indicators/messages/applications-blacklist/

This will only show up for your user. Of course, you can remove items from the blacklist folder to get them back.

  • This doesn't seem to work for Empathy (ie. "Chat"). Despite having it in my blacklist folder I still see it. To remove it I had to uninstall empathy (see below).
    – mpe
    Apr 19, 2012 at 2:37

uninstall empathy and evolution

sudo apt-get purge empathy
sudo apt-get purge eolution
sudo apt-get autoremove

since i didnt understand your question to full extent i.m gonna explain

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this is a screen shot the app is runnning only if the little triange like next to broadcast is there next to ur other apps ie pidgin and thunderbird [since i have configured TB, you see Mail]

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