Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Somehow I don't have the sound manager in my panel on Ubuntu 10.10. How can I add it? It is not in the list of panels that I can add.

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

There is no 'sound only' indicator, you have to place the Indicator Applet (not indicator-applet-session) on your panel. It will add two icons, the speaker and the envelope. If anyone figures out a way to have ONLY the sound icon please post a reply, this annoys me.

share|improve this answer… here are some workarounds. Haven't tested for maverick though... – sagarchalise Mar 24 '11 at 8:04

Sound manager or applet is part of indicator-sound or indicator applet in ubuntu. Check if you have indicator-sound package installed. Also see if indicator-applet is activated or installed.

share|improve this answer
I think it is installed, whereis indicator-sound gives /usr/lib/indicator-sound. How can I see or it is activated? And how can I activate it? – Peter Smit Mar 24 '11 at 7:49
check in system monitor if indicator-sound-service is running or not. sometimes rebooting/ killing gnome-panel or even removing current indicator applet and adding a new one brings sound indicator back. – sagarchalise Mar 24 '11 at 7:58
Adding the indicator Applet again restored it! Thanks! – Peter Smit Mar 24 '11 at 8:05
@Peter Welcome :) – sagarchalise Mar 24 '11 at 9:06

you can add it... create command in startup application

share|improve this answer
That would be the old pre-ayatana volume applet, not the default sound menu. – Egil Apr 9 '11 at 19:14

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.