Recently I upgraded the Mythbuntu 10.10 to 12.04 which uses Xfce, and realised there is no one click volume adjusting sound applet with a slider, like in 10.10.

Is there something else to do this? Or is Xfce becoming even more minimalist?

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    What version of Xfce do you have?
    – Mitch
    Jun 4, 2012 at 8:36
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    I am using Xubuntu (12.04), which provides the sound applet as a part of the Indicator Plugin. Click on the panel --> Panel --> Add New Items and look if its there.
    – 0xf3f
    Jun 13, 2012 at 18:49

6 Answers 6


It's possible to use the standard GNOME volume control.

If you add gnome-sound-applet to your application startup list (it's in the Sessions and Startup settings dialogue in standard Xfce) then it will appear in the notifications area along with network-manager, dropbox and other applets.

  1. Install the xfce-volumed package.

  2. Go to "Add New Item" menu of any panel,

  3. then add "Audio Mixer".


Also the volume control app may actually be apart of the Indicators plugin. Mine was and when I re-added the app it then brought my sound icon back.

  • For me the indicator plugin includes network, sound, and mail indicators. It's weird how they are all grouped together. This was super helpful, thanks!
    – Tom
    Sep 22, 2015 at 14:41

I believe the standard xfce sound control app on the task bar now works by way of the mouse wheel (or on my laptop the scrolling bit at the side of the finger mouse pad thing or whatever it's called), while the mouse pointer is over it? also I think I read that you can add a slider that appears when you click on it somehow. Sorry I don't have the details.

  • also if you use pulseaudio you must have pavucontrol installed and change the setting 'left-click command' to 'pavucontrol' in the preferences. hope this helps
    – user63872
    Jun 21, 2012 at 23:14

In addition to Tom's answer, if you add:

bash -c "XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=GNOME /usr/bin/gnome-sound-applet"

to your startup list rather than just gnome-sound-applet, then you'll be able to right-click the icon and select 'Sound Preferences' to get at the more detailed controls, such as per-application volume controls. Otherwise it just takes you to the gnome control panel when you try to get at the sound preferences.


Followup to Chris Moore's answer: use env instead of needlessly invoking a heavy bash shell:

env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=GNOME /usr/bin/gnome-sound-applet

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