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Hide / Remove icon view /entries from Applications view in Gnome 3

Some cases you may need to edit or hide icons from applications in gome 3.

GNOME 3 uses .desktop files to populate its Applications view. These text files are in /usr/share/applications. It is not possible to edit these files from a folder view ‒ Nautilus does not treat their icons as text files. Use a terminal to display or edit .desktop file entries.

# ls /usr/share/applications
# nano /usr/share/applications/example.desktop

For system wide changes, edit files in /usr/share/applications.

For local changes, make a copy of example.desktop in your home folder.

$ cp /usr/share/applications/example.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/

Edit .desktop files to fit your wishes.

Note: Removing a .desktop file does not uninstall an application, but instead removes its desktop integration: MIME types, shortcuts, and so forth.

The following command appends one line to a .desktop file and hides its associated icon from Applications view:

$ echo “NoDisplay=true” >> example.desktop

Or

You can use graphical program “Alacarte“, a menu editor for the GNOME desktop.

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