I installed Skype 4.0 following this guide. However my little Skype icon in the unity status bar (in the top right corner with clock, volume, etc.) is gone. How do I get it back?
You may need to do two things:
1. Install the sni-qt libraries.
Install sni-qt (click on the link), or with
2. You may also need to whitelist the indicator
We don't know why, but for some systems this additional step is required before the indicator will show (thanks to Bruno Pereira!)
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Enable Skype Icon on Unity Notification Panel on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
When you do a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04 (Or any version with Unity for that matter), you install Skype and expect it to work as it used to. But if you close the main window - you soon notice that Skype icon is not being displayed in top panel.
To fix this you will need to run a few commands. So open up your terminal and run this:
You should get something like this:
Basically this means, that Skype is not whitelisted, thus is not allowed by default to display its tray icon. We need to fix this. Append 'Skype' to the list so that you have something like this:
Then wrap it with double quotes (”) and add gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist in front of it. At this point you should have something like this:
Now just copy this to your Terminal and execute the command. Reboot afterwards. Now you should see the icon.
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maybe you need to whitelist skype to the notification area (i'm not sure if skype includes an appindicator)
The easy way to make it is installing dconf-tools
Then press alt+f2 and enter dconf-editor to see a program like this:
You will need to log out and log in again yo apply the changes.
Here I post you an article that explains how to include Skype in a Unity system tray whitelist.
I have Ubuntu 12.04, it worked for me!
Basically, open a new terminal and execute this:
and then restart Skype.
If your are using gnome shell, activate this extension call Status Icon Fixer
Fixes Dropbox, Skype, vlc and others into the status bar; not perfect, but ok.
Go to the Skype->Options.
In the General Category check "Start Skype minimized in the System Tray".
I think Ubuntu developers should set default value "systray-whitelist" to "all". Before setting it to "all", in my Ubuntu 12.04.2, even Google Chrome and Copy (Cloud software) icons were not visible on panel. (Thankfully Dropbox icon was there.) An End user won't like to do such tweaking just to have an icon visible on panel. And I think these days people have enough screen resolutions to include all icons they have on panel.