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how to hide some icons in Gnome Application Overview (show applications)?

asked 2017-11-06 00:48:20 -0500

horizonbrave gravatar image

I'd like to please hide some icons from the list of applications that appear in Gnome when clicking on the Show Application 4-dots icon in the dock. This is for preventing my parents to click on admin/system application that may eventually mess their computer. I could avoid making their user account of the admin type but I have anyway to provide them the password eventually so I prefer this "hiding tweak". I've also read somewhere else then the hiding of the icons may eventually be overwritten when applications get updated. If possible I'd like to avoid that. Many thanks! :)

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answered 2017-11-06 05:40:19 -0500

updated 2017-11-06 05:57:29 -0500

Copy the relevant .desktop file from the /usr/share/applications folder to the
/home/user/.local/share/applications folder - to do it, execute this command :

cp /usr/share/applications/<application-name>.desktop ~/.local/share/applications

Open the file with a text editor (gedit/nano/vi) and add the line NoDisplay=true.
In case that the NoDisplay= line already exists, change it from false to true.

When the application gets updated, these settings won't be overwritten, because
.desktop file settings from the user directory override those from the / directory.

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answered 2017-11-06 02:33:54 -0500

misharushi gravatar image

I hope this helps you, also look for other extensions there.

Applications Overview Tooltip

Appfolders Management extension

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