I am still in my customization process within this great distro and I am wondering if there is a way to get an better control of the indicators. I reactivated the indicators, now I am getting two network indicator icons what I want to fix. Also can someone tell me where I can find the icons for the indicators in order to get them changes?

Thank you very much

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how to remove gaps between icons in wing panel a tutorial

1 - Install the wingpanel indicator mentioned in previous post

2 - Download libayatana_compatibility.so.zip from here libayatana_compatibility.so.zip and unzip it

Open terminal and go to Downloads

cd /home/username/Downloads

unzip libayatana_compatibility.so.zip

3 - Go To (with sudo) /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/wingpanel/

sudo -i

Type your sudo user password

cd /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/wingpanel/

4 - Backup your libayatana_compatibility.so

mv libayatana_compatibility.so libayatana_compatibility.backup

5 - Replace the libayatana_compatibility.so with the zipped one

cp /home/username/Downloads/libayatana-compatibility.so /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/wingpanel/

6 - reboot

systemctl reboot



this works to me with no problem.

  • thanks, I will give it a try... I am almost there where I want to be with that distro any clue how I can change the icons of the indicators? to get rid of the colored ones and have all in b/w? basically just a nice to have
    – dford
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 12:44
  • You can try this solution: elementaryos.stackexchange.com/questions/33/…
    – Sysadmin
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 13:35
  • already found this elementary plus seems to be down or not working on eOS 5.1
    – dford
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 15:21
  • @dford I have found only this thread amp.reddit.com/r/elementaryos/comments/cv6l23/… It seems that it depends on app developer and modified versions of wingpanel are old. I have found one thread on neowin however old and I do not recommend it. Maybe one day I will find out how to do that the safe way.
    – Sysadmin
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 18:34
  • 1
    I modified the main guide. It should be easier now.
    – Sysadmin
    Commented Apr 26, 2020 at 20:29

Ayatana indicators for apps , tlp, tlp UI , slimbook battery - works on DELL not only Slimbooks. It should work on all laptops.

Copy all bolded text below:

mkdir -p ~/.config/autostart && cp /etc/xdg/autostart/indicator-application.desktop ~/.config/autostart/ && sed -i 's/^OnlyShowIn.*/OnlyShowIn=Unity;GNOME;Pantheon;/' ~/.config/autostart/indicator-application.desktop && wget http://ppa.launchpad.net/elementary-os/stable/ubuntu/pool/main/w/wingpanel-indicator-ayatana/wingpanel-indicator-ayatana_2.0.3+r27+pkg17~ubuntu0.4.1.1_amd64.deb && sudo dpkg -i wingpanel-indicator-ayatana_2.0.3+r27+pkg17~ubuntu0.4.1.1_amd64.deb && systemctl reboot

then type in terminal

cd /home/yourusername

sudo vi indicators.sh

press ins button to go into insert mode

press ctrl+shift+v to paste

press esc button to escape insert mode



this will write and quit the file

then type

sudo chmod +x indicators.sh

then type


script will run, install ayatana and restart the machine

Works in hera 5.1

For double wi-fi icon

mv /etc/xdg/autostart/nm-applet.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart/nm-applet.desktop.old

Additional gift for battery saver. Requires tlp to work

sudo apt update

sudo apt install tlp

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:slimbook/slimbook

sudo apt update

sudo apt install slimbookbattery

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-appindicator

If you need also tlp UI

then type in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linuxuprising/apps

sudo apt install tlpui

to remove slimbook battery and app indicator

sudo apt remove --autoremove slimbookbattery gnome-shell-extension-appindicator

to remove tlp

sudo apt remove --autoremove tlp

to remove tlp UI:

sudo apt remove --autoremove tlpui
  • worked perfectly for me! Thank you very much and stay safe
    – dford
    Commented Apr 23, 2020 at 15:20

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