Adding icons to the status bar in Ubuntu 12.04

Due to Ubuntu’s new ‘Unity’ UI some programs are unable to place tray icons in the top bar. One way to resolve this is to install dconf-tools and manually enter the programs you want to appear.

  • First we need to install dconf-tools by typing the following in terminal:
sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
  • Now load dconf-tools from Unity or terminal.
  • Drill down to ‘desktop‘ –> ‘unity‘ –> ‘panel‘, and add the programs you want inside the ‘systray-whitelist‘ value.

An example of mine is shown below:








As you can see, Skype and Jungle Disk have been added.

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