ubuntu 11.10

I recently changed unity for classic Desktop. So, i noticed that the volume control dissappeared.

So i read everywhere that the only thing to do is add the Inidicator Applet in the panel. But i dont have that option in my applet list.


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Indicator-applet is now available for testing in a PPA.

As with all PPAs - these are for testing purposes. Have a stable backup or use ppa-purge to remove PPAs that could make your system unstable.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jconti/gnome3
sudo apt-get update

Now install the applet you want to add to the panel:

1) The whole indicator applet:

sudo apt-get install indicator-applet-complete

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2) Unity Global Menu type applet:

sudo apt-get install indicator-applet-appmenu

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3) Session applet:

sudo apt-get install indicator-applet-session

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4) Standard applet:

sudo apt-get install indicator-applet

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To add to the panel:

Win+Alt+Right click the panel if using Gnome-Classic or Alt+Right click the panel if using Gnome-Classic (No Effects)

Choose Add To Panel and add the following indicator

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You can tidy up by removing the old notification area.

The end-result could look like this:

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N.B. I've also added RadioTray, StackApplet and Skype...

  • Thanks, great answer that worked like a charm on my Ubuntu 11.10 system. (The Ubuntu documentation seriously needs some updating with information like this - i.e. how to migrate to the new world and discuss all the "features" that used to be there but are no longer there "out of the box".)
    – djb
    Jan 23, 2012 at 16:37
  • Addendum : if at the "sudo apt-get install indicator*" stage you get asked to accept an end user licence, it is the TAB key that will move focus to the <OK> so you can accept it with ENTER. (just hitting Enter or space wont help!)
    – NWS
    Feb 19, 2012 at 9:39
  • Thanks, works for 16.04 as well. The Alt+Win+Right Click trick is... well... tricky :)
    – Avio
    Aug 14, 2016 at 12:29

The indicator applet has not been ported to GNOME 3 and GTK3 yet. This is required for it to work in Ubuntu 11.10. There is currenly a bug tracking it.

  • In 12.04, it is used by default in gnome-session-fallback, and it's working well. Mar 10, 2012 at 16:13

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