I'm creating a build to be used by others in a company as a very simple remote dial-in tool to be used in emergencies. I'm basing this on Pis Version 3 and above running on Buster.

The basic dial-in and setup I have working as I'd like, but I'd like to make this as fiddle and idiot proof as possible as it will be going out potentially to a wide and varied audience - I don't want my family to be getting woken up at 2am because someone messed up their machine by fiddling and now can't log on....

Does anyone know how I can remove the 'run...' menu item from the main menu (and if at all possible disable [Alt-F2] as well. This should prevent most people from messing about and getting to the terminal.

Any other advice around securing a pi to prevent local fiddling would be great - my plan is to have the user profile locked down and logged into automatically and have an admin account with a crazy password that can be logged into as required. No sensitive data will be stored on the pi so that is not an issue.

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Typical - found the answer a few hours later whilst doing something else...

inside /home/[user]/.config/lxpanel/LXDE-pi/panels/panel Plugin { type=menu....

there are some lines:

  item {

removing these line, saving and rebooting removes the run menu item for that user.

now to disable [Alt-F2]....

  • Please accept your own answer with a click on the tick on its left side. Only this will finish the question and it will not pop up again year for year.
    – Ingo
    Mar 24, 2020 at 20:20
  • Cheers Ingo - noob on the forum and didn't know if accepting your own answers was a faux pas. :) will do Mar 25, 2020 at 8:59
  • I don't have a panels subdirectory. All I have is an autostart file (which I created). Is there a sample of files in that directory that I can copy and modify?
    – Chiwda
    Feb 6, 2021 at 15:55

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