Today I've noticed that system tray doesn't show application icons, for example, Viber, Skype, Software update.

I've tried:

  • to reboot
  • to reinstall Skype
  • to run Skype and Viber from command line hoping I would see an error (something like permission problem)
  • to create a new user and check with it - application icons do appear then in new user session

I don't know what else to check.

Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa 64-bit (Cinnamon).

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It was found that "System tray" applet was disabled in my system.

Fixed in this way:

  • enter app menu
  • type "Applets" and press "Enter" button
  • on "Installed Applets" tab search for "System tray" applet
  • select it and press "Add to panel" button
  • some running applications might need to be restarted in order to appear in the tray
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    Is for when you have not added the System Tray Applet? Because I have a similar issue in which the Applet has been added but those specific icons do not appear. Apr 12, 2018 at 18:12
  • Same here. I accidentally clicked 'remove from system tray', but I don't know how to add it back!
    – Dan Bolser
    Dec 10, 2020 at 12:52

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