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Thread: Remove Skype system tray icon

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2012

    How to remove Skype icon from system tray?


    I've searched for a solution for quit some time now but without any success. To the problem, I can't get rid of the (in my opinion) very ugly Skype icon in the system tray. Ironicly it seams like most people have the opposite problem...

    Anyway, I installed skype following this guide:

    Essentially the guide says, type:
    sudo apt-add-repository "deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype
    Since then I've removed Skype, purged Skype, reinstalled Skype using the .deb available at skype's website, reseted unity and finally checked that Skype is not in my systemtray-whitelist, which btw i set to default ['JavaEmbeddedFrame', 'Wine', 'Update-notifier']. Nothing seams to help.

    I run the 64bit version of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and am now out of ideas.

    Thanks for the help!
    Last edited by kriggus; April 30th, 2012 at 09:18 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2012

    Re: Remove Skype system tray icon

    Found the answer! To remove sni-qt and sni-qt:i386 (=

    apt-get remove sni-qt:i386
    apt-get remove sni-qt
    I can now control the appearance of the skype icon thought the systemtray-whitelist as i wished.

    If other side-effect of removing sni-qt is expected, please let me know.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2009

    Re: Remove Skype system tray icon

    I would like to clarify one detail — does this mean that you will not be able to maximize the Skype when it is minimized to tray, even when no indicator is displayed; if so what use is this solution?

    Update: looks like it is fine, it minimizes as any normal appication now.
    Last edited by vaul; November 1st, 2012 at 10:29 PM. Reason: ETA

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