Alpaca Rotorvator Jan 31, 2013 @ 9:06am
Disabling tray icon
With the new update a tray icon appeared on one of my panels. Looking around the Steam client, searching for discussions and googling how to disable it yielded no relevant results. Is there any way to get rid of it(short of getting rid of the tray itself, of course)?
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LOLCAT Jan 31, 2013 @ 10:36am 
This isn't OSX, you're using linux. Download the source of the tray handler, add an exception for Steam, compile it and apply it to your system.
KiteX3 Jan 31, 2013 @ 2:13pm 
It would be useful to know what desktop environment you're using.

I doubt it's Unity, since you used "panels" in plural, but it would appear there is no easy way to remove it in that case. For quite a while, Unity has had a whitelist for allowing older tray icons which weren't optimized for Unity (defaulting to blocking everything non-standard), but it's always been assumed that if it seemed like it should be blacklisted it probably shouldn't have had a tray icon in the first place -- i.e. a problem with the app, not Unity.

I think XFCE has something to allow you to at least hide it from plain site with an subtray, in the same way that Windows 7 allows you to hide some tray icons, but I don't recall how to do so off-hand.

Never bothered to adapt to GNOME 3, KDE, LXDE, or most other desktop environments, so in those cases you're on your own.

Rewriting and compiling code is an option, I suppose, but frankly I doubt it's necessary or worth the effort. It certainly wouldn't be my first resort.
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Alpaca Rotorvator Jan 31, 2013 @ 2:39pm 
Originally posted by KiteX3:
It would be useful to know what desktop environment you're using.
Yes, sorry. I was just expecting someone to come in and say I overlooked the option to do this in the steam client itself. I'm running MATE.

Originally posted by LOLCAT:
This isn't OSX, you're using linux. Download the source of the tray handler, add an exception for Steam, compile it and apply it to your system.
Haha, okay then. I have the code but I'm not really familiar with GTK/glib, will try to do it if only for fun.
Michael the Narwhal Jan 31, 2013 @ 4:26pm 
I would also like to do this. I understand its use in certain distros, but it's redundant and just takes up space in Ubuntu (running Unity). They should put a "show tray icon" checkbox in the Steam interface settings.

I'm not sure if the "just compile from source" comment was a troll or not, but I'd like to point out that if they ever want Linux gaming to catch on they need to keep things as easy to use as other operating systems. Joe Gamer isn't going to know what "compile from source" even means.
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johndrinkwater [🐧︀ 🎮] Feb 2, 2013 @ 6:02am 
You might want to request the feature here http://steamcommunity.com/groups/SteamClientBeta/discussions/1/ in the Steam Client forum :)
slouken Feb 2, 2013 @ 11:13am 
Here is the right place for bug reports and feature requests:
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux

Cheers!
hakonm Oct 12, 2014 @ 1:36pm 
Here is a quick fix that works for me: Rename ~/.steam/steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/libappindicator.so.1.0.0 to something else, e.g. libappindicator.so.1.0.0~.
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