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    Question Pidgin/system tray issue

    This may sound dumb but any help would be great...
    I'm using OpenSUSE 11.0 with GNOME. I accidentally hit "remove from panel" on the Pidgin icon in the system tray while trying to get rid of something else. Apparently it really removes it as I can't seem to get it back. I have always show system tray icon selected in Pidgin. I have tried uninstalling then reinstalling it, but that doesn't seem to work. Its something minor, but I really prefer having it minimized to the system tray rather than the panel. Any help at getting the icon back there would be great, thanks.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Bangalore, India

    Default Re: Pidgin/system tray issue

    You have probably removed the notification area on the panel: Right-click on the panel -> Add to panel -> "Notification Area" (in Utilities) -> Add

    If thats not the case then it must be a bug in either pidgin or gnome.

    You can also try AllTray - Dock applications without native tray icon to System Tray | SUSE & openSUSE

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    Default Re: Pidgin/system tray issue

    Thanks, it was the notification area that had been removed. Still learning the little things in Linux. And thanks a lot for the AllTray link. I've been looking for a good dock to help keep my screen uncluttered. Thanks!

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    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Los Angeles, CA - US

    Default Re: Pidgin/system tray issue

    hey thanks here too!! My problem was similar. I had deleted the Gnome panel altogether - after first creating my own custom one. But soon I realised that I didn't see my network connection icon anymore, so I had no way to get online since I had no way to view wireless networks.

    So I tried your solution of right-clicking the Gnome panel, selecting [add to panel][notification area]. Works. I now see my network connection icon.

    (similar causes might be related to the "nm-applet" not running?)

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