If you have installed the XFCE desktop environment in some other edition of Linux Mint, you might face a strange bug. The Network Manager applet is running and works properly, however, its tray icon is missing and won't allow you to access the app settings. Here is a quick fix to resolve the issue.
In my case, I switched to XFCE in Linux Mint MATE edition installed on my laptop. I found no benefits in the MATE desktop environment and decided to switch to XFCE4. XFCE4 provides almost the same user experience as MATE, but works much faster. I find its built-in apps more useful and friendly.
After installing XFCE4 in the MATE edition of Linux Mint, I noticed the Network Manager icon was missing in the tray.
After playing for a while with settings, I figured out that the "Indicators" app placed in Startup was preventing the network icon from being displayed. The solution is simple - you need to disable the Indicators app in Startup and restart XFCE. This can be done as follows.
- Open the apps menu and go to Settings -> Session and Startup.
- In the Session and Startup dialog, go to the Startup tab.
- Untick the Indicators item.
- Sign out from your user account and sign in back. You can also restart the X server or just reboot your PC - everything will work.
The Network Manager icon will appear in the tray.
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