Ok, so I installed KDE on my Ubuntu 11.04 laptop. It worked ok, but I wanted to change back, and free up the space, so (having kept unity etc. installed), just rebooted into what GDM calls "Ubuntu". So far so good.

I then wanted to rid myself of all KDE packages, so di sudo apt-get remove kde* . I realise this was fairly silly.

Now I've lost my sound applet in the system tray. It's more annoying than anything else, but I've got used to the play/pause functionality, so it'd be nice to get it back. Thanks in advance for whatever help you may be able to give!


When you issue a command similar to the following, do you see indicator-sound-service?

ps ax | grep 'indicator'

In case the package was inadvertently removed, try the following:

Install via the software center


sudo apt-get install indicator-sound
  • Yes! reinstalling it helped. Must have uninstalled it by accident when I was removing KDE. Thanks for the (super-quick) help!
    – Jack
    Jun 1 '11 at 11:43
  • Glad to hear (read) that everything worked out for you with minimum fuss.
    – Kory Wnuk
    Jun 1 '11 at 22:12

Does this work?

sudo apt-get install indicator-sound


in synaptic search for "sound indicator" and make sure it is installed! then you might have to re login.


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