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The sound menu in gnome shell have no mute/unmute option.

gnome-shell sound menu
so if the sound is muted i have to open Sound Settings and unmute it,unlike unity

Unity sound menu

i,e, i want to add a mute/Unmute button to gnome shell sound menu, as i need it frequently.

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you should check this site to see if they have any extension that can help you. – Engels Peralta Dec 2 '11 at 19:54
No, i don't think there is a gnome-shell extension for i ask ??? – Black Block Dec 2 '11 at 21:38
Your best option is to post this as a bug/feature request with Gnome here: – Tom Brossman Mar 5 '12 at 8:34

You may find the following gnome shell extension useful to do this. It allows switching audio as well as muting and unmuting.

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Middle click on the sound icon mutes/unmutes the sound (at least in Unity it does).

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