I don't need all of the default shown indicator icons.

Indicator icons

How can I hide some of them, such as the icon for Geary email client (shown by the bell)?

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Well, first of all, that's not a Geary indicator, that's indicator-messages and it has a lot more functionality than just displaying Geary notifications.

To delete it completely from your system, you can execute this command:

sudo apt-get remove indicator-messages

After it, all you need to do is to re-login (I have just tested this and it works).

Names of other default indicators:

  • indicator-power (the battery icon)
  • indicator-bluetooth (the Bluetooth icon)
  • indicator-datetime (date and time indicator in the center of Wingpanel)
  • indicator-sound (self-explanatory)
  • network-manager-gnome (network icon)

Alternatively, if you just want to disable their startup but not remove them from the system, you could try to go to /etc/xdg/autostart and delete their .desktop files (note: I haven't tested this method).


On Loki, you can change the visibility of various indicators in the wingpanel using dconf.

sudo apt install dconf-tools

Open dconf Editor and disable the indicators by going to org.pantheon.desktop.wingpanel.indicators.<indicator_name> and changing the boolean value to false.

  • Turns out this doesn't actually work, but it prevents bluetooth from turning back on after restarting. Commented Oct 16, 2016 at 21:50

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