I can't seem to get any indicators on my new installation of Ubuntu, I'm on a laptop so seeing the battery is pretty important, along with it just being a nuisance.

I've tried installing the indicator applet and using dconf, but they're still not showing up.

In case this matters, I had quite a few problems installing this distro, one being the 'low graphics' error, so I had to switch from lightdm then use proprietary drivers after that. Don't know if it's relevant but it might help.

Here's a screenshot of what it looks like.

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First try to install ubuntu-tweak tool.

Then, reset the Unity with unity-reset tool:

$ unity-reset
$ setsid unity 

If that didn't work out try to re-install unity & desktop:

$ sudo apt-get autoremove ubuntu-desktop 
$ sudo apt-get autoremove unity 
$ sudo apt-get update 
$ sudo apt-get install unity
$ sudo apt-get install unity-2d 
$ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop 
$ sudo shutdown -r now

After that upgrade if you want:

$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  • Reinstalling unity fixed it for me. Couple of corrections though: unity-reset does not work. I believe it's unity reset. sudo shutdown -r should be sudo shutdown -r now. – Rooster242 Jan 25 '15 at 16:10

I'll just document here how I fixed this on 15.10:

After having tried everything with no luck I finally noticed, that the resolution of my external display had changed to 2560x1440 (was 1920x1080 before) and for some reason this resolution made the indicator area not visible. When I changed back to 1920x1080 it was normal again.

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