Pressing the system (windows) key opens an app search interface I think is called the "overview"

On ubuntu GNOME 16.04, how can I remove applications from certain search keywords in the overview?


Typing "sound" brings up audacity, but I'm typing "sounds" to bring up the "Sound" application to change volume and devices.

Typing "display" brings up ImageMagick (which is non-interactive), so I'm typing "displays" to bring up the screen manager.

How can I remove these apps from keywords in overview search?

Thanks in advance!



You can edit .desktop files located in /usr/share/applications/

From what I've found search is based on the Name, GenericName and Comment properties inside .desktop files, so by changing these properties you should be able to filter which apps are shown.

You can edit .desktop files in any text editor.

  • grep magick /usr/share/applications/*.* and grep sound didn't find anything – Michael Cole May 26 '17 at 21:25
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    Your grep search is case-sensitive add -i. – VoOoLoX May 26 '17 at 22:12
  • For me, Gnome also seemed to search the Exec property. – Michael Cole May 29 '17 at 0:31
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    After some more research seems like it looks at all properties, but these few have the most information about the application. Oh and you might want to check: This and look for the g_desktop_app_info_search function. – VoOoLoX May 29 '17 at 15:14

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