I'm running LXDE, and I've noticed that applications that normally minimize to the tray are not showing up in the try in LXDE.

I don't have a specific system tray applet installed, and can't seem to find one online.

Skype, and Pidgin just become background processes when run, and I have to look them up with htop or ps to close them, or activate them again.

Is there any system tray package in the repos that will give me a system tray?

EDIT: lxpanel is already installed.


It actually turns out I had to dig deeper than thought.

I had to click into the 'TaskBar (Window List)' in the list of applets. I was presented with another list of applets, and was able to use that to get System Tray reinserted onto my task bar.


Just do a

sudo apt-get install lxpanel

You should be fine.

  • 'lxpanel is already at the latest version' Is there a specific applet I should add to the panel? – cxdf Apr 3 '13 at 17:46
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    It's been a little while for me with lxde, but isn't there something like a notification area on the panel? – Scott Goodgame Apr 3 '13 at 18:19
  • Not that I can find. – cxdf Apr 3 '13 at 18:40
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    I found a site that suggests that xfce4-panel interferes with lxde. take a look linuxftw.weebly.com/lubuntu-1110-installation-guide.html – Scott Goodgame Apr 3 '13 at 19:03
  • Look at my answer. It looks like System Tray is the name of the applet. – cxdf Jan 11 '16 at 21:08

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