How to remove and restore the Volume Button from notification area

This tutorial will explain How to remove and restore the Volume Button from the Indicator Applet in Ubuntu Panel.

How to remove volume Button from the Indicator Applet from ubuntu panel

You can remove volume button from ubuntu panel by removing the package called indicator-sound (A system sound indicator which provides easy control of the PulseAudio sound daemon.)

Open the terminal and run the following command

sudo apt-get remove --purge indicator-sound

Now you need to restart the gnome panel with the following command from your terminal

killall gnome-panel

That's it.

Restore volume button to system tray

You need to Right-click an empty area of the panel, choose Add to Panel, then drag Indicator Applet to next to the clock in the system tray, or wherever you want to put it instead. The volume button will be restored.


Alt+F2 to open the Run Application app, enter gnome-volume-control-applet click on run button will disappear if you close your terminal session so how to fix this here is the solution

To get it to start automatically from the next reboot, go to System > Preferences > Startup Applications and add it as a new entry with a name “Volume Button”.

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8 Responses

  1. Eric says:

    Restored it to my panel using the “gnome-volume-control-applet” command and that worked fine.

    The icons, however, aren’t the ambiance mono icons I’ve defined system-wide.


    It’s great to have volume back in the indicator applet; prior to this if I wanted the volume applet I would also have to install the notification-area to my panel which would create HUGE spacing between the icons.

    Anyway, any help or input is greatly appreciated.

  2. admin says:


    Did you try the following

    right clicking the top panel, clicking “Add to Panel…”, selecting “Indicator Applet”, and clicking “Add.”

  3. Eric says:

    When I do that the spacing gets crazy. Huge gaps between icons.

    It does display the volume applet with the mono icon though.

    Wondering why the gnome-volume-control-applet doesn’t use the icon set I’d like..

  4. Eric says:

    To illustrate, this is what it currently looks like.

    Once I get this icon thing resolved I’ll be one happy camper.

  5. admin says:

    This could be because of gnome-volume-control-applet package uses old icon.

  6. Eric says:

    The indicator applet uses a different package than gnome-volume-control-applet?

    A bit confused now. Apologies.

  7. Kaleb says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s not called the system tray, and that’s a mistake inherited from a windows mistake. The “notification area” as it’s actually called in Windows, is run by systray.exe, so people mistakenly called it that. I’m pretty sure that it’s the same in ubuntu.

  8. vbm says:

    You forgot to mention you need to do ‘sudo apt-get install indicator-sound’ before you can add to panel again.

    If you try to add the Indicator Applet or the Indicator Applet Complete without reinstalling the indicator-sound package, you’ll get the other indicators but not the sound icon.

    I found this page this page because I have two sound icons and no battery indicator after trying to upgrade to Gnome3 and ending up with the 2.32.1 fall back. One of the sound icons does not follow the theme, as in Eric’s case, so I am googling the hell of the net before I start asking for help.

    Unfortunately, removing indicator-sound gets rid of the wrong icon (the indicator applet which follows the theme and I want to keep).

    Any ideas how can I remove the one that found its way to my notification area?



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