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[How To] Create A Minimal-looking Narwhal Desktop

There’s no denying that a clean, minimal looking desktop is attractive. But how does one make Unity, with its launcher bar stuffed full of icons, ‘clean looking’?

Reader Juan Carlos Arroyo Callejas sent us his guide on getting a “clean looking Natty desktop”, which he dutifully shows off in the image below: –

The Guide

Only attempt to follow Juan’s guide if you are certain you want the look. To revert the changes you will need to work backwards reverting the steps (install instead of remove, true instead of false, etc.)

REMOVE FILES AND PLACES FROM UNITY LAUNCHER

  • sudo gedit /usr/share/unity/places/*.place

ADD THIS LINE BELOW “Shortcut=” IN BOTH TABS:

  • ShowEntry=false

REMOVE WORKSPACES (EXPO) FROM UNITY LAUNCHER

Run gnome-panel via terminal, and in workspaces make them all vertical

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instead of

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Close the terminal, log out log in voilà. As a bug, the WORKSPACE icon disappears.

REMOVE MESSAGING MENU FROM TOP PANEL

  • sudo apt-get remove indicator-messages

REMOVE ME MENU FROM TOP PANEL

  • sudo apt-get remove indicator-me