Is there even a "sound menu" anymore in 17.10? When I have a lot of windows open and I get a phone call, I'm in the habit of stopping playback from the top bar somewhere near the sound icon. Is there a way to do that, or something like it on 17.10?

Failed Solutions

Under Edit -> Preferences -> Extensions, I tried both the "Notification Area Icon" and the "Sound Menu Integration" and don't see that these have any effect whatsoever.

I tried this: I can not control Banshee from the sound menu in Gnome 3 Shell But when I issue sudo apt-get update I get:

Err:13 http://ppa.launchpad.net/webupd8team/gnome3/ubuntu artful Release                
  404  Not Found
Reading package lists... Done                                      
E: The repository
    'http://ppa.launchpad.net/webupd8team/gnome3/ubuntu artful Release'
    does not have a Release file.

I then found the gnome-shell-extensions-mediaplayer project on github, but they only support Gnome shell up through 3.24 and Ubuntu through 16.04, so I opened this issue.

gnome-shell-extension-appindicator is already the newest version (17.10.2). so maybe I just don't know how to use it?

I had already installed the gnome-tweak-tool so I tried (but did not reboot yet):

  • Top Bar:
    • Application Menu: on, but no change.
    • Activities Overview Hot Corner: on, but no change.
  • Extensions: I turned "Ubuntu appindicators" on, but no change.


Alternatives? Suggestions? I couldn't see how to do this in Rhythmbox either. Maybe "topicons" and "sound menu" are not the right search terms?

  • Is there a "Where'd my stuff go? / How do I do stuff now?" page for upgrading from 17.04 to 17.10? It's a pretty big difference. – GlenPeterson Nov 16 '17 at 14:55

When you're playing a media file, basic controls (pause/next/previous) appear in the calendar & notification tray which can be accessed by clicking on the time indicator at the top bar.

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You can use the pause button to pause the track currently playing.

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