Re: No application or applet icons in gmome-shell-3.10.3

//\  Regards, Groeten,
V_/_ Bas Burger.

On Sun, 30 Mar 2014 03:47:36 +0000
John Frankish <j-frankish slb com> wrote:

Thanks for the reply.

Just to be sure I understood:

I thought various applet icons - network-manager-applet, Bluetooth,
weather, etc, were meant to appear in the top panel? All I have is a
sound icon and the icon to switch the machine off (which doesn't
Most of these on the right top come automatically when the module that
represents it, is working, it's a notification area.
Weather on the top panel is a seperate extension that you need to
What I tried to explain is that most Gnome 2 like functionality is only
possible by installing an extension.
To install extensions by hand (if you lack the instruments to do from
firefox) is to copy the folder from the etension zip file into
~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions directory

If the gnome-tweak-tool is required to obtain desktop application
icons, how are users supposed to launch applications? The only method
I have available is <alt-F2> to bring up a command line to launch
Gnome-tweak-tool is used to show icons on your desktop like the home
folder and the trashcan and any *.desktop file you put there yourself.
When you enable that it's a look into the desktop directory the same way
as in nautilus.


Just keep asking in here, bit by bit you will get all the explanations
that you need.

-----Original Message-----
From: Yaa101 [mailto:yaa101 xs4all nl]
Sent: Sunday, 30 March, 2014 03:19
To: gnome-shell-list gnome org
Cc: John Frankish
Subject: Re: No application or applet icons in gmome-shell-3.10.3

There are no application icons in the top panel, however there are
various gnome extensions to install an applications menu in the top

You can find extensions at, you do
need a firefox add-on to properly use this website. However a lot
of their programmers use a github page to store their extensions,
so you can get them there too.

To enable desktop icons you need to set the setting in
gnome-tweak-tool, which is a python application for advanced
gnome-shell settings.

//\  Regards, Groeten,
V_/_ Bas Burger.

On Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:21:58 +0000
John Frankish <j-frankish slb com> wrote:

I'm using gnome-shell on a simple linux system having compiling
the various components from source.

Whilst things seem to work well in the "activities view", I do not
get any application icons on the desktop nor applet icons in the
top panel.

I can use nautilus to navigate to /usr/local/share/applications
and launch various gnome apps by double-clicking on the *desktop
files, so things seem to be in order, but I cannot figure out why
there are no application icons on the desktop.

Note that I've enabled desktop icons using dconf-editor, but this
does not change anything - any trouble-shooting suggestions would
be welcome.

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