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How to Disable the Opera Tray Icon in Ubuntu 10.04

Whenever we write about the popular, if much ignored, Opera web browser one question will  inevitably crop up in the comments: ‘How do you disable the Opera tray icon?’

It’s actually really simple to do. Quite why Opera themselves don’t let users disable it through the copious preferences/settings/options/appearance dialogues they have I’m not sure.

But, if the Opera status area icon is bugging you, here is a quick 3-step guide for disabling it on Ubuntu (or any OS, for that matter):

  • Type ‘opera:config” in the URL bar and hit enter/return
  • Search for ‘tray‘ in the search bar (or manually go to ‘userprefs’)
  • Uncheck ‘show tray icon’.

Happy days!