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How to Disable the Opera Tray Icon in Ubuntu 10.04

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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!