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Hiding Application Icons in Wingpanel on Elementary

Elementary OS Loki looks beautiful, though I do find myself annoyed with the extra application icons that show up in wingpanel in the upper-right of the screen:


In order to get rid of them you need to edit ayatana.blacklist to include the Id of the applications you want to restrict from showing up there. To start with, take a look at what is already in yout blacklist. To see its contents run the following Terminal command:

Mine originally looked like this:

Next, we’ll find the Id of applications you want to restrict. Be sure they are not already running. We’re going to start dbus-monitor and launch our apps, watching for when they register with dbus. Because there is a lot of text output, save it to a file you can search afterwards.

In the Terminal enter the following command:

This will create a text file called dbus-monitor.txt and stream all of the output from the dbus-monitor command in to it.

Next, launch your application. When it is finished launching, go back to the terminal and type control-c to cancel the dbus-monitor command. Then launch a text editor and load the dbus-monitor.txt file.

Search for string "Id". The first result that comes up should be the entry for your application. In this case, you can see from the screenshot that the Id for the OwnCloud sync client I launched is ownCloud. The Id is case sensitive so be sure to pay close attention.


Edit your ayatana.blacklist and place the Id values for any applications you want to restrict in a new line of the file. I added an entry for the OwnCloud sync client and f.lux so now my file looks like this:

Save the file, and log out. Next time you log in your restricted applications will no longer be displayed in wingpanel. Sometimes it takes a few trials to get this right as there may be a few different Ids in use by the application. If it doesn’t work, try searching the dbus-monitor.txt file again and see if there are other Id values you could try.


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