Ubuntu – How to add/remove the “hidden” startup applications


How do I manage (add/remove) all the startup applications in Ubuntu 11.10 and up?

Startup Applications doesn't show all the applications which are started during boot.

Best Answer

  • As said above, you have to edit /etc/xdg/autostart/ and either:

    • remove the NoDisplay=true lines;
    • or make those same lines comments by adding # in front of them;
    • or replace true by false in those same lines.

    The third solution can be easily done in three steps:

    1. Summon the terminal with Ctrl + Alt + T.
    2. Type the two following commands:

      cd /etc/xdg/autostart/
      sudo sed --in-place 's/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g' *.desktop

    After changing anything you want, you can go back to the previous state by typing this into the terminal:

    sudo sed --in-place 's/NoDisplay=false/NoDisplay=true/g' *.desktop

    This has been tested in 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04.

    [Source: iloveubuntu.net, thank you Nikhil Sinha for the link]

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