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I have Ubuntu 12.04 and today when I start my laptop I saw that the dropbox icon is missing from the top panel and I don't know how can I get it back.

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Welcome to AskUbuntu. Could you elaborate some more on your question, please? The icon is missing from where? – NlightNFotis Aug 31 '12 at 11:59
From top bar in the indicator applet – RevSpot Aug 31 '12 at 12:10
For those experiencing this on 14.04, disabling compositing may be effective; see here. – sharky Jan 5 '15 at 22:00
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This will work for versions 12.04 and above in case after installing Dropbox from their site using the DEB package, the icon does not show in Unity.

  1. Remove Dropbox if already installed

    sudo apt-get remove dropbox
  2. Install the nautilus-dropbox package

    sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox
  3. In the case the steps above still do not work do the following (This package should already be installed but just in case):

    sudo apt-get install libappindicator1
  4. You will now need to restart Nautilus. You can either logout and then login or simply Reboot the PC.

The end result should be something like:

enter image description here

Tested on 12.04, 12.10, 13.04 and 13.10.

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It looks like your Dropbox preferences have not been set to: "Start Dropbox on system startup".

If you check that selection, once your system starts, Dropbox will be loaded when Ubuntu starts up, and you will be able to see the Dropbox icon in tray.

Quick check: Try starting Dropbox manually. If you manage to do, you will be able to see the icon in tray for now.

Be sure to check the above option, for if you fail to do so, the tray icon will not be persist after a reboot, unless of course you manually open Dropbox each time after the computer has started.

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Dropbox start every time automatically when my system start up but the icon is missing – RevSpot Aug 31 '12 at 13:21

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