I recently removed and reinstalled pulseaudio and now I can't get my sound applet back on my panel.

Any ideas how to get it back?

3 Answers 3


Try installing/reinstalling the package indicator-sound:

sudo apt-get install indicator-sound

Also, make sure that PulseAudio Sound System is ticked in System -> Preferences -> Startup Applications.


This is bundled into the Indicator Applet. Restore it as follows:

  1. Right-click on the menu bar.
  2. Select Add to Panel...
  3. Select Indicator Applet (or Audio Mixer).
  4. Click Add.

The applet appears on the bar.

  • That didn't work, I already have my Indicator applet open on the panel. Its properly dissapeared. Is there an option in gconf-editor to turn it off or something as this is what i think could have happened
    – Will
    Aug 6, 2010 at 17:15
  • Sorry, then I don't know. :( If you do a ps ax | grep indicator-applet does it show an active process for it? Try killing it kill -9 1234 (where 1234 is the pid)... Does that prompt you to reload the applet?
    – jathanism
    Aug 6, 2010 at 21:32

You may also press Alt+F2 and launch gnome-volume-control-applet command.

  • That would be the old one without music player controls etc.
    – Egil
    Jun 16, 2011 at 9:40

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