How-to: Disable 'For Download' in the Unity Dash

Another 'Marmite' design choice (you'll love it or hate it, indifference is not an option) in the Ubuntu Unity Dash; head for Applications and an entire chunk of the Dash is taken up with “Applications for Download” with a selection taken from the Ubuntu Software Center.

It would be a great idea if it ever suggested anything useful (to me, anyway), but instead it just eats up space in the Dash I could use for other things. Like seeing the stack of favorite programs I already installed, thank you.

In Ubuntu 11.10 and 12.04, this "Applications for Download" section in the dash can be disabled.

In the Dconf Editor (see previous article), navigate to desktop > Unity > Lenses > Applications and un-check the ‘display-available-apps’ box, which is enabled by default.

You will get a whole line of extra space in the Dash from the next time you login. RC