Tired of pesky music players swarming your sound menu? Sick of all those silly video players making your sound menu take up half your desktop? Well, wait no longer. This Ubuntu Tech Snippet is going to show you how to, in über-l33t fashion, remove the programs that you don’t want hijacking that menu.
The Ubuntu Sound Menu is a stupendous idea. Don’t get me wrong – I love this feature and think it should be standard everywhere. It just makes so much sense and make listening to music so much easier, all without the need to keep the music player open.
But there is one key issue, and that’s the fact that basically any music or video player that even sneezes at playing audio can technically plop itself down in this menu. Obviously, if you’re like me and like testing out new software, you are going to end up with a lot of programs filling up the menu, making the menu more of hastle than usual:
Fixing this is a pretty simple solution – uninstall those pesky buggers. Just uninstall the software that’s giving you trouble and you’re good to go – they’ll be removed automatically. Now, this isn’t that great of a solution – read on for the real solution.
This solution is just a bit harder, involving modifying dconf settings. However, with the help of our trusty tool,
dconf-editor, we can fix it! Now, Ubuntu should come with dconf-editor pre-installed – if it is, skip this next step. However, if it isn’t, you can just run the following commands in terminal:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install dconf-editor
Once it’s installed go ahead and start it. It’ll look similar to this, though not exactly the same, since I have the Numix GTK3 theme installed:
Once it’s open, expand com, then canonical, then indicator, then click on sound. The image below highlights each one:
Once you’ve got the sound option selected go ahead and double-click on the text next to the label interested-media-players:
You may have to scroll to the right a bit to see all of the media players that have plunked themselves into your Sound Menu’s digital lap.
Solution for the caveat:
This is pretty simple, again, and it explains why you should have cut the text instead of just flat out deleting it. You’ll need to blacklist the programs, and hey! Guess what! Canonical thought this out and included another entry, just for that!
Double-click on the text box next to blacklisted-media-players and go to the end of the text entry box and enter a comma (,). Then, just paste in the media players you cut from interested-media-players:
Again, click outside the text box and the changes will be made automatically. You won’t see any change to the menu at that point, but those players listed won’t ever be allowed to put themselves into the Sound Menu again!
The result of this menu slimming:
Not everyone is going to use this, but when I read about it (originally on OMG! Ubuntu!) it was a fix for something that had been bugging me for a while and I figured I’d do a write-up while I fixed it myself!
Leave a comment down below telling me what you thought of this post and/or about any things that have been bugging you about Ubuntu/Unity that you’d like me to post about!