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How to remove the Mail icon indicator applet?

I have an indicator, I think the messaging menu, that I'd really like to get rid of:

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How can I stop it from starting and kill it if it's already running?


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From a terminal run sudo apt-get remove indicator-messages
The next time you login it will be gone.

  • Is there a process I can kill when it's actually running? It might get reinstalled again if another program depends on it, and I'd like to try and remove it from startup so that it will never start on login, no matter what. Jan 27, 2012 at 18:37
  • Looking at the rdepends, I believe just removing the indicator-messages-gtk2 package will be enough, as it leaves the indicator-messages package installed but it won't show up on your panel, and very few packages depend on it by the look of it.
    – duffydack
    Jan 27, 2012 at 18:54
  • You can also exclude a package so it is never installed. Jan 27, 2012 at 18:57
  • What to do if i want it back? just for info.... Mar 11, 2012 at 9:43
  • @sanjayasanjuubuntu sudo apt-get install indicator-messages indicator-messages-gtk2
    – duffydack
    Mar 11, 2012 at 11:56

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