Skype icon disappeared

Hi folks,


Today I will explain how did I do to show the Skype icon in the tray after it  disappeared in ubuntu 11.10 upgrade.

The problem it that when I click in the close button I can’t get the Skype window again unless I kill it in terminal and restart it.

The solution I founded here is this Ubuntu forum thread.

The problem and solution is that, some applications can be whitelisted as being allowed to put an icon there.


On terminal:


gsettings get com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist


gave me: ['JavaEmbeddedFrame', 'Wine', 'scp-dbus-service', 'Update-notifier', 'Skype']

So then skype must be added to the whitelist. So add skype like below:


gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist “['JavaEmbeddedFrame', 'Wine', 'scp-dbus-service', 'Update-notifier', 'Skype']”


Now the icon should appear in the clock bar like this:



If you want skype to start at login, and sit in the tray, you need another little trick because the whitelist only works if skype is started manually after login. Add this to the startup list:

gnome-panel –replace


And it all works perfectly, hope it works for you too.



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