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Gnome 3.26 removed legacy tray - how to restore?

asked 2018-03-12 11:31:24 -0500

gobigobi66 gravatar image

updated 2018-03-12 21:26:05 -0500

How sick is this? Gnome project decided to remove the Legacy tray in the lower left corner. This tray was not only very useful, it was essential to me. Moreover, it didn't bother at all - very tiny footprint when collapsed.

I used it for a bunch of apps (nextcloud, mega sync client, telegram, ...), and now it's simply gone.

What are the solutions here? Is there a way to restore it? Where did the icons go?


See just a few apps that currently use the tray. tray

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The tray is gone forever from gnome. There are extensions and addons that bring it back but not perfectly. The aplications that used it have to start using other tools such as integration and notifications.

centinel20 gravatar imagecentinel20 ( 2018-03-13 13:22:05 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-03-12 15:30:46 -0500

bluedreamer gravatar image

Not a perfect replacement but checkout gnome extension Topicons by ag

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I discovered that extension but there are major problems:

  • the developer has stopped working on it in Sept. 2017 - so the project is inactive: That being said, nobody knows how long it will be working

  • nextcloud and megasync don't work with icon tray

  • not even the Gnome-native app sealert works correctly with this extension (or otherwise).

  • it's a totally different approach: I don't want to see those icons all the time, just when needed.

What the heck was wrong with the Legacy Tray?

gobigobi66 gravatar imagegobigobi66 ( 2018-03-12 18:41:11 -0500 )edit

This is the only solution AFAIK. Gnome 3 didn't like the tray from the beginning, and it is removing it completely. IIRC, GTK 4 will even drop the API, so any solution will be a temporary one. Gnome (at least currently, but I don't see it changing) is set to remove the tray, so if you really want it, you should probably look into other desktop environments.

hedayat gravatar imagehedayat ( 2018-03-13 03:41:41 -0500 )edit

@gobigobi66, not a direct answer to your problem but Allan Day (GNOME UX contributor) explains "the why" in a blog post.

bbo gravatar imagebbo ( 2018-03-13 04:17:03 -0500 )edit

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