I recently had to reinstall Xubuntu 14.04 after Windows wiped it out. After a mildly painful (mostly caused by the installer seeming a lot more confused than usual) installation process, I was up and running. Everything was doing just fine until I rebooted my computer. Now, my indicator applet looks like this:

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I didn't change anything before this happened, other than install a few pieces of unrelated software (Chrome, Skype, Kdenlive, Komodo Edit and Hotot). I've had problems with the indicator applet before, but never to this extreme. Anyone have any advice?

Note: I've seen this question, but the answer did not help me.


Looks like you got some ubuntu packages in there... try removing or disabling indicator-datetime and indicator-keyboard, and restarting your session.

(Option 1) Disabling the indicators:

  1. Right click on the Indicator applet
  2. Select "Properties"
  3. Click the "Hidden" checkboxes for any unwanted/unknown indicators.

(Option 2) Removing the packages:

sudo apt-get remove indicator-datetime indicator-keyboard

Then log out and back in. Let me know if this helps.

  • This seems to have worked. Additionally, you can move the indicators around to reset them to their original position, if you can remember where they were. Thank you! – ExplodingKittens Sep 3 '14 at 15:02

Use the native XFCE "Notification Area" instead

Remove the Indicator Plugin and use the native XFCE Notification Area instead.

Other people and myself have found the Indicator Plugin to be a pain to work with under XFCE.

To make this change definitve, do not forget to unselect Indicator Application under Application Autostart in Session and Startup !!!

unselect Indicator Application

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