I have install Ibus and Ibus-Unikey to type my native language in Elementary OS Juno. Everything works very well, except the case that there is no system tray icon for Ibus, just a band of three images like configuration things as in the photo: enter image description here

My question is, how to display Ibus properly in system tray? Please help me. Thanks.

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From your screenshot it would appear that you have a few extra icons in your wingpanel so this solution may be redundant. However, let's give it a shot!

There is a site maintained by mdh34 that is the unofficial guide to restore indicator functionality on Elementary OS.

The TLDR boils down to this, if you want to install the prepackaged .deb packages then you would follow these steps:
1. Download the patched Ubuntu indicator-application package here.
2. Download the latest wingpanel-indicator-ayatana package here.
3. To install the packages, you can use a .deb installer or enter the following command in Applications -> Terminal (or Win+T):
Type: cd ~/Downloads
Type: sudo dpkg -i indicator-application-patched.deb
Type: sudo dpkg -i wingpanel-indicator-ayatana_2.0.3+r27+pkg17~ubuntu0.4.1.1_amd64.deb
NOTE: The command above should be entered on one line only.
4. Once you've installed both packages, a reboot should get your indicators working in Pantheon.

What I like about mdh34's site is that he shows you the process of patching the files on your own. That appeals to the security conscious side of my nature. However, I understand that this is not for everyone. If you are comfortable with the pre-patched files, go ahead and use them!

I hope that helps! Good luck.

  • I have install indicatior-application and wingpanel-indicator-ayatana packages, and wingpanel works well with megasync, telegram, skype, but ibus still a problem. And also, after last update several days before, there is no indicator for megasync, dropbox, telegram, skype, etc as well. I really don't understand, what 's the problem with Juno's developer? Commented Mar 29, 2019 at 4:21

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