Remove Dash Home Icon from the Unity Launcher in Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 12.10

In this short guide, I will show you how to remove the “Dash Home” Icon from the top of the Unity Launcher in your Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin and Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal. From the graphical user interface, you cannot move it or remove it.

The file you have to edit is /usr/share/unity-2d/shell/launcher/Launcher.qml. Find the items.appendModel(bfbModel); line and remove or comment it.

This is how your /usr/share/unity-2d/shell/launcher/Launcher.qml file with look like after you comment the line i have mentioned:

Component.onCompleted: {
#items.appendModel(bfbModel);
items.appendModel(applications);
items.appendModel(workspaces);
items.appendModel(devices);
shelfItems.appendModel(trashes);
}

Next, restart the unity-2d-shell:

$ sudo killall unity-2d-shell

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One comment on “Remove Dash Home Icon from the Unity Launcher in Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 12.10
  1. Ross says:

    unity-2d appears to be a transitional/migration package only so alot of systems won’t have it – is there a way to do this with unity in 12.10?

    also is there a way to apply this to just the guest account?

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