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I am using Ubuntu 12.04 (didn't really want to, was perfectly happy on 10.10, but got tired of the constant warning that my distribution was no longer supported). After a recent install of updates the wifi icon on the top tool bar is missing. I need it back because Ubuntu keeps connecting to the wrong network and I cannot change it.

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Rather than installing synaptic from the Terminal and using it to install network-maanger-gnome, you can just install network-manager-gnome from Software Center:

Install via the software center

Or from the Terminal:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install network-manager-gnome

That is, of course, assuming that the problem is that network-manager-gnome isn't installed (or was uninstalled).

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Well, first you need to install Synaptic package manager. Run sudo apt-get update and then sudo apt-get install synaptic in a Terminal, or install from the Ubuntu Software Center. synapticInstall synaptic

After installing, open it and type network-manager-gnome in the Quick filter box. Now tick on the small white box and click on "Apply". And restart your computer, then you are done.*

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