When I installed Ubuntu 17.10, I noticed that the volume icon in Rhythmbox was gone:

My Rhythmbox

But then I found this picture while wandering on the internet and I thought that maybe I'm the only one who has this problem since no one had brought it up.

So I just removed rhythmbox-plugin-alternative-toolbar as a workaround solution.

Rhythmbox image from somewhere on the internet

But yesterday, I installed Ubuntu 17.10 for my friend and he had the exact same problem as I did.

So, is there any way for me to retrieve the missing volume icon?

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    Seems like a bug. Please use the ubuntu-bug application to file a bug report. Be sure to add enough detail so the developers can reproduce the problem.
    – user535733
    Nov 23, 2017 at 3:42
  • Thanks, I summited a bug report already. But I don't think there's any detail to add. As I said, I installed ubuntu for my friend yesterday, so it is a newly installed with no configure being made. Nov 23, 2017 at 4:21

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Oh, well, I found the answer myself. It's not a bug, just go into plugin -> alternative toolbar setting, there's un option to turn on volume icon.

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    This was such a waste of time, why author decided to remove volume control and put it into options? So stupid. +1
    – Marecky
    Sep 20, 2019 at 20:40
  • True that @Marecky Aug 10, 2021 at 22:00

Menu -> Preferences -> Plugin, where you can click and highlight alternative toolbar. Now that it is highlighted, at the bottom right there is another Preference, within which you can turn on Volume Control among other things.

When I used your method, the Playback control became weird (I couldn't find how to loop one song).

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