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Volume Control/Icon is gone (Ubuntu 10.04)

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Q. After installing Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid), my volume control is missing. How can I get it back?

A. 1. Right-click on the panel where you'd like the volume controller to appear and select "Add to panel"
2. Choose "Indicator Applet" from the list and click on "Add" and you're done. The volume control should be back.

This also works for Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick)



Comments (153)
Thank you
153 Friday, 24 May 2013 09:30
Trojan
Thnak you, helped me
Volume Control/Icon in Ubuntu 10.04
152 Wednesday, 17 April 2013 11:59
Ammly
Thanks, it works
thankz...
151 Thursday, 28 March 2013 00:04
ira
it works
thanks
150 Friday, 15 March 2013 15:14
thanks
thanks
Enable Volume control and playing any sound file
149 Saturday, 02 February 2013 06:04
Alex Ramani V
I have a problem in my laptop. My laptop is working on the ubuntu 10.04 OS.

I changed my login from 'administrator' to 'root'. Now, my login through 'administrator' is also not working.

Recently, I'm not able to hear any sound while playing any sound file.
I do not hear even the star-up sound.

The volume control icon is showing 'mute'mode. I'm unable to set it right. I tried all the tips like
System>Preferences>Startup Applications.
Click +Add, then input:
Name: Volume Control
Command: gnome-volume-control-applet
Comment: Launch volume control applet

Please, help to solve these problems.
Looking forward to a working reply.
This worked for me
148 Thursday, 25 October 2012 06:20
Ofer
gnome-sound-applet
Volume Control/Icon in Ubuntu 10.04
147 Thursday, 30 August 2012 02:41
Mugdha
Thnaks....
Volume Control/Icon in Ubuntu 10.04
146 Tuesday, 28 August 2012 10:50
ash
I tried all solutions mentioned
But, I couldn't get back the icon on the panel

Plzzz can someone help me...
Works magik
145 Wednesday, 08 August 2012 20:44
nononymous
Thank you, helped me ;)
Thanks
144 Monday, 06 August 2012 00:32
Palani
I didn't upgrade Ubuntu but suddenly those icons disappeared. Thanks for the help. Now it works.
Volume Control/Icon in Ubuntu 10.04
143 Friday, 13 July 2012 23:49
ubuntunewuser1
thanks for help it work :)
Volume Applet
142 Friday, 18 May 2012 21:57
Ken
Thanks for the heads up! I been looking for this for a few days no. Used to Suse Linux and really like mint a lot but lost my volume control.
volume control
141 Friday, 04 May 2012 08:20
A Tahir
It worked..

Thanks.
Thanx
140 Friday, 13 April 2012 11:11
Hrishi
Thanks
Volume icon
139 Thursday, 15 March 2012 15:15
mleka
Thx!
volume icon
138 Thursday, 08 March 2012 05:21
anirudh
thanks man !!!! u rock
Gnome Panel Volume Control
137 Saturday, 03 March 2012 20:06
Rojas
I lost the volume control too and also just wanted the volume--not the other indicators. Then I found..."Click on System>Preferences>Startup Applications.
Click +Add, then input:
Name: Volume Control
Command: gnome-volume-control-applet
Comment: Launch volume control applet
nafo
136 Friday, 17 February 2012 02:39
nafo
Thanksssss
Gracias
135 Wednesday, 15 February 2012 02:01
sathish
Gracias. It works!
Missing sound icon
134 Monday, 06 February 2012 09:04
Bharatram N
Thanks.
thank you
133 Friday, 27 January 2012 10:20
Cristina
thank you
Thanks
132 Tuesday, 10 January 2012 16:15
pablo
Thanks you very much, many people say stupids thinks, this work for me
thanks
131 Friday, 06 January 2012 00:21
damian
amazing community thanks man!!
It Works
130 Thursday, 05 January 2012 00:09
Aadi
Thanks !
sound icon
129 Wednesday, 04 January 2012 04:13
ardi
la ngono tho.....thanks!
Lost Volume Icon
128 Wednesday, 21 December 2011 07:08
Manju
Thanks for your sujection
lost volume control
127 Sunday, 18 December 2011 17:09
Zammana
OK, i tried "right-clicking" on the place whre it used to be (upper right corner) but everywhere i click up there, I get a menu for each of the existing icons, but nothing like the "fix" described... What now?
Missing speaker icon
126 Thursday, 15 December 2011 11:06
Payman
Absolutely helpful
Thanks
Volume controller
125 Saturday, 03 December 2011 07:50
venkatesh
thanx
volume icon
124 Tuesday, 22 November 2011 00:53
REKHA
good morning mumbai...

thank you .....

this is very benefial for me ....

thanx once again...by by
tx
123 Monday, 31 October 2011 00:57
praveen
awsom my frd tx a lot
Usability just took one step back
122 Monday, 24 October 2011 03:19
Argh!
What is this garbage? The indicator plugin is unconfigurable and contains two buttons which are completely unrelated to the volume control. I don't want them and I don't need them and I want to remove them, but the plugin doesn't have a properties dialog!

Besides, the volume slider is not vertical, completely opposite to the idiom. Does this mean that Xfce is going the way of Gnome and enforcing stupid defaults that you can't turn off.

FFS, I switched away from Gnome and KDE PRECISELY to avoid such UI-fascism! Do I need to go back to fvwm now?
missing sound control from desktop
121 Sunday, 23 October 2011 04:42
noodles
Thanks for the solution.
But I have to ask why isn't the sound control simply called off separately in Add to Panel menu. Indicator applet really doesn't spring to mind when I'm looking for sound volume!
Reply
120 Friday, 14 October 2011 04:25
Mahesh
Hats off!
Volume control icon
119 Sunday, 09 October 2011 03:37
Dharani
Hello, superstar... Thank you for your help.
Thanks
118 Tuesday, 06 September 2011 22:24
Mike
Thanks. It worked!
Worked!
117 Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:44
Anon
It works thanks. I wonder why they didn't just name it volume control tho.
ubunntu
116 Monday, 29 August 2011 08:08
aradhya
ya ! thanks ,i've got my icon back...it as missing from last 2 or 3 days ...i was frustated....but naow1 i've got that.....
Volume button
115 Wednesday, 24 August 2011 23:07
NewBie
Thanks! Works also in Mint 10 :)
volume
114 Saturday, 20 August 2011 07:00
cristi
thank you.it works!!
Thanks
113 Wednesday, 17 August 2011 03:33
Rithi
Worked fine
Volume Control/Icon is gone (Ubuntu 10.04)
112 Thursday, 11 August 2011 05:08
sdanwe
it worked! thanks.
panel
111 Sunday, 31 July 2011 15:11
ndosho
i removed the start panel and fail to replace back on ubuntu 10. can some one plz help i cant access any applications installed
same problem not solved
110 Saturday, 30 July 2011 10:17
Rajib
I tried all the methods(like adding indicator appalet)...not working..when I tried gnome-volume-control-applet in terminal got following message "** (gnome-volume-control-applet:6437): WARNING **: Applet is already running, exiting"
sound applet
109 Friday, 29 July 2011 06:39
inam
Thanks works fine.
we may also type gnome-volume-control-applet & in terminal to see it teporarily.
OMG!!!!! Thank You
108 Sunday, 24 July 2011 04:57
Drakko3
Your The BEst it took me forever tuntil i found this post
TENGKIYU
107 Tuesday, 05 July 2011 00:01
masbaz
Maturnuwun Mas Bro ...
volume control removed from panel
106 Saturday, 25 June 2011 14:40
daniel bellot
thank's it works fine, and the control volume is back !
thank you
105 Friday, 10 June 2011 01:08
balu
very very thank you for this details I get good
& good answer
now isn't it typical of Linux?
104 Tuesday, 07 June 2011 09:43
newbie
what if didn't have access to Internet?
No volume control on task bar
103 Saturday, 28 May 2011 18:02
Jenny
I have no idea what Ibuntu is but everyone else seems to...
Obrigado (thanks)
102 Sunday, 22 May 2011 17:01
lucberna
Obrigado pela ajuda!!!
Volume control
101 Friday, 06 May 2011 12:52
Rauf hacisoy
Thanks for all. You r great.
no audio
100 Friday, 06 May 2011 06:53
stanley
pls help me..... i cant listen to music anymore.... when i click on volume icon it shows the bluetooth audio control. i have tried to install and reinstall the realtek audio drive for my laptop acer 5570. os windows xp pro
Thanks!
99 Thursday, 05 May 2011 09:40
Anders
Helped me. Now, let us all start to hope that something labeled "volume" comes up instaed of "indicator appet".

Spades must be called spades :)
useful
98 Wednesday, 13 April 2011 23:04
He Jun
thanks a lot
ubuntu 10 04 sound applet
97 Saturday, 02 April 2011 15:23
gr haus
BRAVO - now I can hear my CDs
volume control and Evo indicator
96 Wednesday, 30 March 2011 00:09
Anthony
Thanks. I lost both of the above and restored them via the curiously named Indicator Applet.
Voice controls initiated!
95 Saturday, 26 March 2011 08:08
shahzeb
Thanks buddy.. thumbs up!
hate it
94 Thursday, 17 March 2011 11:36
jzhu
such a genius to combine the volume control with the "indicator applet".
stupidity
93 Tuesday, 15 March 2011 13:45
Jacques
I wnat to know which genius at Ubuntu thought it would be a good idea to combine the volume control with the "indicator applet". Bloody hell, I am starting to hate ubuntu.
thank you
92 Sunday, 13 March 2011 16:51
mark
thank you very much.
Also for me
91 Sunday, 13 March 2011 04:18
Smaldavid
I also got use of this! Thanx! :) Thought first it was bug, nothing about volume in the name. Latest release this date is 0.4.9. Ubuntu 10.04 uses 0.3.7.
https://launchpad.net/indicator-applet
Volume control in panel
90 Friday, 11 March 2011 17:44
Robert Stevenson
Thanx... I just had to add "Indicator Applet" and my volume control is back. This kind of help really helps me since I'm fairly new to Linux. Thanx again.
volume icon ubuntu 10.4
89 Sunday, 06 March 2011 20:46
denis
Thanks so much...that was easy
recovery of volume control icon in panel
88 Saturday, 05 March 2011 04:18
linoj
thanx
Funcionó!
87 Wednesday, 02 March 2011 11:22
Kyryl
Muchas gracias por la ayuda!
volume control
86 Friday, 25 February 2011 22:00
gregg
lucked out found your answer to the problem right after volume control dissappered thanks
Thanks
85 Tuesday, 22 February 2011 15:01
Cynthia
Thank you so much, you really helped me. God bless you
the volume control icon is back!
84 Friday, 18 February 2011 14:27
Siham
I tried for like two or three weeks to get the icon back....
Thanks a lot :-)
Thanks a lot
83 Friday, 18 February 2011 13:35
Manuel
Itś amazing how many people where fooled by this.

Thanks
It work
82 Thursday, 10 February 2011 03:41
Omantha
Thanks for your help
thanks
81 Tuesday, 08 February 2011 07:39
mohammad
thanks brother for answering i was looking for this too
Thanks!
80 Friday, 28 January 2011 21:56
Masamune
I was looking all over for this, too... now I also have a bluetooth symbol and a mail icon that I don't seem to be able to get rid of without axing the sound, too.

Not especially intuitive.
Really useful
79 Saturday, 08 January 2011 09:40
Syam
thanks man thats relally useful...
Volume Control
78 Tuesday, 28 December 2010 18:39
Daniel Campos
ajajajaja, that's really usefull, i lost too now since read this can recover again!

thanks
Volume Icon linked to Evolution
77 Friday, 24 December 2010 03:03
Josualdo
Thank you! Thank you! But why in heaven or hell is it linked to the Evolution icon? I dont even use Evolution, and would have removed it entirely, were it not for several threatening messages.
e-berlin.org
76 Wednesday, 22 December 2010 15:43
e-berlin.org
Also works with LinuxMint 10 64-bit / Gnome. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
don't need Evolution!
75 Sunday, 12 December 2010 04:15
zoubra
Yep, me too, I don't use Evolution and even removed the software but I have to keep the icon if I want to keep the volume icon... That makes no sense.Boring.
Gracias!!!
74 Wednesday, 08 December 2010 23:03
Sebastián
Agree with Railz: Why not just call it VOLUME?
if All does not works try this
73 Wednesday, 08 December 2010 03:55
Rajeev N Sambhu
sudo apt-get install gnome-volume*
Volume Control/Icon is gone (Ubuntu 10.04)
72 Tuesday, 07 December 2010 03:57
ziru
that simple? I got frantic when I lost the icon. And that's it? thanks man.
thanks u
71 Wednesday, 24 November 2010 04:28
Railz
works, thank you.

why oh why not just call it Volume, was looking everywhere
KJLKJ
70 Friday, 19 November 2010 17:09
KSGJ
THANKS
Thanks
69 Thursday, 18 November 2010 05:44
jay
thanks
its work perfectely
thanks
68 Monday, 15 November 2010 13:19
jelle
that's awesome!
Thank you!
67 Wednesday, 03 November 2010 12:31
Gilles
Thanks man!!!

short and clear :p
Now, I can see volume control icon!
66 Tuesday, 02 November 2010 03:07
sh
So nice.! I never thought that volume control is named as indicator applet, no wonder why I couldn't find it. Thank you for great tip.

and also thanks for the tip for removing mail icon, it was annoying that indicator applet comes with mail icon, now I can remove the mail icon so I can have more space in the panel :)
No volume control icon
65 Tuesday, 26 October 2010 17:12
Alin
Thanks. Multumesc!
Now it works!
FOUND A WAY TO REMOVE THE MAIL ICON!!!
64 Saturday, 16 October 2010 17:07
yboris
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/indicator-applet/+question/108636

Here is a workaround:
sudo apt-get remove indicator-messages indicator-me
thanks - but now I have the unwanted mail icon
63 Saturday, 16 October 2010 16:46
yboris
How can I remove that annoying thing!?!?!?!?
Why don't they just call it volume control?
62 Tuesday, 12 October 2010 09:55
Eugene van der Merwe
Thanks, this worked. But why do they call it "Indicator Applet"? That's so nerdy. Way too difficult for normal folks to find.
Worked
61 Monday, 11 October 2010 19:47
Gabriel
Thanks a bunch, it worked like a charm.
Thanks a million
60 Wednesday, 29 September 2010 11:03
akasoldts
Lol, thanks!!! I felt like an idiot when i couldnt figure out how to bring back my volume control.
volume control icon in Ubuntu 10.04
59 Monday, 27 September 2010 20:21
Ozias
Thank you for the tip.Works now.
works!!
58 Monday, 27 September 2010 17:57
diego
I felt so stupid when I saw that it was SO easy to fix this!!!

Tnx man!
Thanks for the solution
57 Saturday, 25 September 2010 12:58
Robert
Been without it for weeks since it spontaneously disappeared (not sure why). Thanks for the simple solution.
Thank you!
56 Friday, 24 September 2010 07:14
mangmemed
First, I thought that I'm the only one with this problem. After some googling, I'm very glad that I land on this page.
Thank you!
Removed volume control icon.
55 Wednesday, 08 September 2010 09:42
Jayant
It worked! Thanks!!
THX
54 Sunday, 29 August 2010 12:03
Thegamez
thanks it worked perfectly
no valume control no audio
53 Friday, 20 August 2010 02:54
Ryszard
sudo apt-get install indicator-sound
sadly did not worked....
thanx in advence
thanks
52 Tuesday, 17 August 2010 14:48
k
until now i used alsamixer. thx for this hint!
thx
51 Saturday, 14 August 2010 14:04
chris
struggles for ages, thanx for you help
Volume Control
50 Tuesday, 10 August 2010 06:16
guitarpicva
add

gnome-volume-control-applet to the startup applications (System - Preferences - Startup Applications) using the command :

gnome-volume-control-applet

Log off and log back in to activate, or reboot.
thx a lot
49 Monday, 09 August 2010 10:30
Slayer6
worked great
perfect
48 Monday, 09 August 2010 04:49
mukesh jain
thank you verymuch
very help full for me
volume control
47 Friday, 06 August 2010 06:22
wasim sheikh
thnkx its working
nnice
46 Thursday, 05 August 2010 21:51
jp
works!!!
THANK GOD!
45 Saturday, 31 July 2010 19:02
Anonymouse
It worked!
thanks
44 Tuesday, 27 July 2010 16:49
Frantic-Atheist
thank you very much
Volume Control/Icon in Ubuntu 10.04
43 Saturday, 24 July 2010 13:08
Ravi Raj
Wow! Thanks a lot for this! saved my couple of hours.
can't retrieve the volume control applet.
42 Wednesday, 21 July 2010 23:16
Bob Best
I tried ALL of these so-called "sure fixes" and got nada, zilch. Dam good thing I have an old "Microsoft" keyboard with a volume control feature.
Volume Control/Icon is gone (Ubuntu 10.04)
41 Friday, 16 July 2010 05:01
Mr. Music
Thanks a lot, "sudo apt-get install indicator-sound" solved the problem.
Yuppie it worked!
40 Thursday, 15 July 2010 00:27
Jay Vora
Thanks for the help friends.
Another solution
39 Tuesday, 13 July 2010 08:53
Aaa
Use
gnome-volume-control-applet

In order to keep it running always, put it on
System - Preferences - Start applications
A solution, I think!
38 Monday, 12 July 2010 12:39
Leaf
Just run gnome-volume-control-applet
Volume control/Mail icon
37 Monday, 12 July 2010 12:21
Leaf
So, how do you remove the mail icon?
volume control/icon in ubuntu 10.04
36 Sunday, 11 July 2010 01:35
Daniel
thanks for your help
Volume Control/Icon in Ubuntu 10.04
35 Monday, 05 July 2010 07:05
Mike
Still missing the volume control!
sudo apt-get install indicator-sound did not help (was already installed) but it does NOT show up in the list of objects to add to the panel! Where can I find it?
omg!
34 Thursday, 24 June 2010 02:44
maurice
oh my god! thanx! i was searching over 2 hours in ubuntu and in google! it disapeared when i was installing "global menu" into gnome top panel. DAKUJEM!!!
Really?
33 Monday, 21 June 2010 22:03
Herman
"Seriously? 'Indicator Applet'? No wonder I couldn't find it!! Baffling"

Thanks for this
Thanks!
32 Tuesday, 15 June 2010 08:50
sylvain
But it should not disappear in the first place!
Gnome volume control
31 Friday, 11 June 2010 00:57
Bjokke
Is there no way back to gnome volume control?

I don't like the new system. You have to remove(/install) packages to configure indicators icons. The different users on a same computer can't make a individual choice!!!
Volume Control/Icon is gone (Ubuntu 10.04)
30 Tuesday, 08 June 2010 08:40
JOe
THX - just a pain in the ... that I'm stuck with the "envelope". But my volume is back. Thx
volume control icon disappeared
29 Tuesday, 08 June 2010 03:35
alvaro canivell
followed the instructions about adding the notification area, but it brings a notification area that is empty ...
To remove the other icons
28 Saturday, 05 June 2010 14:16
Ijon Tichy
sudo apt-get remove indicator-application indicator-messages indicator-applet
That should get rid of the other indicators, leaving you with just the volume control (as it should be).

- regretting ever upgrading to ubuntu 10.04
WTF
27 Monday, 31 May 2010 05:03
raven
Completely retarded change. Whether you have need for the useless mail-icon or not you're simply stuck with it. Nicely done.
fixed
26 Friday, 28 May 2010 03:37
wasabishot
sudo apt-get install indicator-sound
not working
25 Friday, 28 May 2010 03:35
wasabishot
Doing above just duplicates my envelope icon, doesn't bring back volume control, any idea????? it disappeared after reinstalling pulseaudio.
Oh, marvellous.
24 Thursday, 27 May 2010 08:18
Fergus
So now I have an extra 'envelope' icon duplicating the chat and broadcast functions of the 'speech-bubble' icon over on the right. Fascinating bit of interface design, this.
Really?
23 Thursday, 27 May 2010 08:15
Fergus
Seriously? 'Indicator Applet'? No wonder I couldn't find it!! Baffling.
Thanks
22 Thursday, 27 May 2010 01:21
Howard
Thanks! I didn't know the vol control has been grouped into a applet. I know now why it is gone -- it got lost when I tried to remove the mail icon.
Now it's back. It bundled with mail icon, power icon, bluetooth icon and ibus together and looks like they are double spaced.
Just... WHY?!?
21 Thursday, 20 May 2010 16:28
Dan
I don't have such a problem with the mail icon being there, but all the icons seem to be double spaced. It looks really bad. Also, I use a netbook, so my space is quite limited.
Agreed
20 Sunday, 16 May 2010 13:51
Ant
I agree with Göran - there's no logic behind this. It worked perfectly fine before - so why change it? For the sake of change?
stupid
19 Saturday, 15 May 2010 10:49
Göran
there is all to few applets to choose from in the listing and this is a perfect example on when they are badly done. Why do I have to have a mail or chatt applet to change my sound? Wheres the logic?
Thank you
18 Friday, 14 May 2010 17:00
Piero
It works. Thank you :-)
No Volume Control Icon
17 Thursday, 13 May 2010 09:01
Joliea
Oh Thank you thank you thank you!! It worked!!

Mwahest :)

http://joliea.wordpress.com
works
16 Wednesday, 12 May 2010 15:27
riffraff
thanks!
Volume icon not in indicator applet
15 Wednesday, 12 May 2010 07:09
William
When I follow your instructions I just get a double mail and monitor icon. Still no sound.
I have a feeling it is missing from the applet, rather than the applet itself is missing.

thanks for the help
this page help me to solve my volume controller problem
14 Tuesday, 11 May 2010 23:24
ram
thanks
how to add to a "full panel"
13 Tuesday, 11 May 2010 15:46
Ehud Gavron
You can do it in two ways to find that space...

1. Close all running applications. Click where the application taskbar icon is and follow the instructions above.

or

2. Switch to a second desktop where you have nothing running.

When done adding it to the panel, right click the "Indicator Applet" and select "move", then move the mouse to position it where you want it. Left click to release.

E
RE: Email icon
12 Monday, 10 May 2010 16:13
Ant
I have no idea how to remove the email icon. As far as I know, its an "indicator" icon - so notifications can be from pidgin, evolution, empathy, gwibber or whatever else that uses GTK, Gnome and any form of communication. So I don't think you can remove it. :-(
Volume Control/Icon in Ubuntu 10.04
11 Monday, 10 May 2010 07:42
emptiness
mine disappeared too.
there seems to be no way to right click the panel in ubuntu 10.04 netbook remix, as there is no chance to click between the different icons, as there is no space between them. tried for like 10 min. anything else i can do to get back an applet for volume control?

and why tie it to evolution? this seems a bit nuts to me.
disappeared when I removed the email icon
10 Sunday, 09 May 2010 22:35
Estefano
I don't use evolution, so I remove the email icon from the panel, was a separate icon until 9.10, but now I'll have to keep it if I want the volume control to show. No big deal, thanks for your help.
bla
9 Sunday, 09 May 2010 22:20
bla
nice bug
It worked...
8 Sunday, 09 May 2010 11:41
vino
Thanks for the tip.
Remove mail indicator
7 Sunday, 09 May 2010 09:45
Tronman
Brought back my volume, thanks!

But any idea how to remove the "Mail" icon, but keep the volume one? They seem to be tied together
Volume Control/Icon is gone (Ubuntu 10.04)
6 Friday, 07 May 2010 09:16
Ant
I don't know why it disappeared. From what I've heard it was planned - just like the control (maximize, minimize, etc) buttons moving to the left.
Thanks
5 Friday, 07 May 2010 03:38
Greenwand
Yup, that worked. Any ideas why it might have disappeared in the upgrade process? Not spotted in testing?
No volume control icon
4 Thursday, 06 May 2010 23:27
Bob Best
Downloaded ubuntu10.04. Lost the volume control icon. No volume control is listed in applet application. Now what?
Funciona
3 Thursday, 06 May 2010 14:04
Ricardo
Gracias.
It Works!
2 Wednesday, 05 May 2010 13:28
Nosbod
Thanks.
Volume Control/Icon in Ubuntu 10.04
1 Monday, 03 May 2010 17:55
Abdul-Majid Bhurgri
Thank you for the help.

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