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I have problems maximizing apps like aMSN which closes into tray when I press the close (x) button. In a usual Gnome I would call it from the tray, but Gnome3 does not have it.

So, how should I maximize (bring to front) apps in Gnome3 that can be restored only via clicking on its tray icon?

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Any (well almost any) application that in previous versions minimised to the system tray notification area will still appear in the system-tray area of Gnome-Shell. The location though is not immediately obvious - it is in the bottom-right of the screen.

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Move your mouse to the bottom-right to reveal this area - its an auto-hidden like panel. Just click on any of the apps in the system-tray to make them reappear.

As you have pointed out aMsn when minimised seemingly disappears - this happens in both Gnome-Shell and Unity.

To stop this magical disappearing trick you can edit the file /home/your_username/.amsn/[your_email]/config.xml, search for use_tray and change the value from 1 to 0

This still doesnt allow aMsn to minimise to the correct area in the shell - but aMsn does appear as an open window when you click the Activities menu.

Note in Unity - this trick allows aMsn to remain as an icon in the Launcher.

If you are not adverse to installing PPAs, then instead of the above you could install the classic-systray extension

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/gnome3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-classic-systray

Logout and login and enable the classic-tray extension in gnome-tweak-tool.

Logout and login again. This time, aMsn when it minimises, appears in the top-bar as shown.

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Could you please try this with aMSN. It works with Skype, but aMSN does not work this way. If I close it, I can find it nowhere, but if I start another amsn via console, it says that another aMSN service is running (!). If I try to minimize aMSN (click on close x button then Minimize To Try, it does not minimize to right bottom, but it gets stuck in the left side of screen, just below the Activities word. – ubuntico Dec 30 '11 at 18:23

You should try this, worked for me

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While this may technically be a an answer. Please don't just post a link. Summarise the key steps. – Radu Rădeanu Jun 1 '13 at 4:57

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