Is there a way to modify (remove/add) applications in the slingshot launcher of elementary OS (Freya)? It seems to be easy enough to do so for applications in the Dock.

Thanks for your help.

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There is now a new application available in AppCenter called: AppEditor.

Get it on AppCenter AppEditor

Yes. You can use MenuLibre for that.

Just search for the App you want to remove and click on "Hide in menu" and than the save button (with arrow down).

MenuLibre Screenshot

  • AppEditor link seems to no longer be working Commented Feb 25, 2018 at 17:14
  • For me it still works
    – Ben
    Commented Feb 26, 2018 at 12:56

You can add/edit menu entries manually, too. Elementary follows the Free Desktop specification standard. Basically, you add/edit the .desktop files on the global /usr/share/applications/ location or you user location ~/.local/share/applications, then relogin (or restart the panel app) to see your changes. Also see their official doc and this blog post for more info.

  • Can I also uninstall Nautilus with AppEditor? I already have Pantheon, I don't get why I have 2 file editors suddenly
    – sunwarr10r
    Commented Dec 21, 2017 at 22:03

You can install a menu editor like alacarte:

sudo apt-get install alacarte

With it you can add/remove/move menu entries.

Also there is this bugreport about removing https://bugs.launchpad.net/slingshot/+bug/1211570

Not sure what you want to add...

  • Thanks. God to know that a 'bug' report has been submitted for this.
    – Johnny
    Commented Sep 23, 2015 at 20:04

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