How can I disable or remove application comments from the "favorites menu" on Mate? Or remove them completely from Mint?

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There is an option for disabling comments from "all applications menu" but not for "favorites menu".

  • What comments? Which desktop environment? On my Cinnamon, hovering the favorites causes text to appear on the bottom right of the menu, is that what you're talking about?
    – terdon
    Jan 14, 2014 at 12:38
  • @terdon mint, maya, mate! short description/comment displayed under application name. 2.bp.blogspot.com/-olfny1DtNcY/T70TQjsuDVI/AAAAAAAAI_c/… Jan 14, 2014 at 14:41
  • Can't you edit each one and set it's comment to blank?
    – terdon
    Jan 14, 2014 at 14:51

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The comment is taken from the corresponding .desktop file. These files should be either in your $HOME/.local/share/applications/ folder or in /usr/share/applications/. Just edit the .desktop file of the program whose comment you want to remove and set it's comment field to blank. For example:

$ grep Comment= ~/.local/share/applications/firefox.desktop
Comment=Browse the World Wide Web

So, open that file with your favorite text editor, and delete the comment so it looks like this:


That should remove the comments from your menu (and all other places where the comment might be displayed).

  • Thanks, however the problem with this solution is that favorites menu still preserves comment space. In fact they are not removed from menu. Jan 14, 2014 at 17:24
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    @JohnS I don't think you can do better than that. The menu is probably hard coded to print something like $comment\n. If $commentis blank, it will still print the empty line. You will probably have to modify the menu's source for this.
    – terdon
    Jan 14, 2014 at 17:32

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