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If I close the Skype window, how do I get it back?

Clicking the Skype icon on the launcher just tries to create a new Skype instance. The only way I can get it back is by killing it via the terminal and re-launching it.

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Skype requires the sni-qt:i386 package to be installed to integrate with the indicator area in Ubuntu 11.10. To install this package, run the following from the commandline:

sudo apt-get install sni-qt:i386

Then kill and restart skype again. After that, you should always have the icon in the panel and be able to get to it even after closing the window.

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This has done the trick, thanks! – blackn1ght Oct 15 '11 at 19:05
Wanted to confirm that even though I already had sni-qt installed, and I had the 64-bit version of Skype, the trick really is to install sni-qt:i386. Worked like a charm. Thanks. – Stéphane Oct 22 '11 at 6:53

If the skype is running, there should be a skype icon :
skype icon

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I don't get the icon there. I'd take a screenshot but Skype keeps closing itself and then telling me that there's already an instance running! – blackn1ght Oct 15 '11 at 17:14
@blackn1ght You can try to reset the skype's configuration by deleting the ~/.Skype directory – BЈовић Oct 15 '11 at 17:23

Another option is to allow Skype to create its own icon: roobinatube's answer here worked for me.

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