GNOME Icons – How to Get AppIndicator Icons Back in Top Bar on GNOME 3.16+


Ever since I upgraded from Gnome 3.14 to Gnome 3.16 on Ubuntu GNOME 15.04 I have found that my icons that would go in the top-right-hand corner go in the bottom-left-hand corner, is there any way to change this, remove the thing which holds them in their new place and put them back where they were before?

Best Answer

No, currently there is no way to do that. There is no option in any tweak tool or in the dconf-configuration.

I would say, the app indicator panel with the current behavior isn't the final design. Maybe in the future, there is a configuration option for that.

As a workaround you could try the GNOME extension Appindicator Support, but you have to change the supported version in metadata.json to 3.16, as the extension has no native support for GNOME 3.16.

Follow the steps below.

Without a previous installed version

  1. Clone the latest version from here, do not use zip files or release tarballs., eg

    mkdir -p ~/src
    cd ~/src
    git clone
  2. Build and install

    cd gnome-shell-extension-appindicator
    ln -s ~/src/gnome-shell-extension-appindicator ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/
  3. Follow the steps in With a previous installed version

With a previous installed version

  1. Open the configuration file metadata.json

    nano ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/

    and add 3.16 in the shell-version

    shell-version": ["3.8", "3.10", "3.12", "3.14", "3.16"]
  2. Restart the shell via Alt+F2 and type r followed by Enter

  3. Use the GNOME Tweak Tool to activate the extension

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  4. In my case, only Show in panel works

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