Friday, August 07, 2009

More Ubuntu: getting the NetworkManager Applet back

Ubuntu comes with this really great network selection applet that sits on your gnome panel. It's called the NetworkManager applet, and it looks and acts more or less like the analogous dropdown menu on Mac OS X. Unfortunately, if you remove it from your panel, it's unintuitive how to get it back.

Maybe you accidentally removed it, and then, after some research, tried "nm-applet" from the command line, messed with the Network Monitor and the Network Connections preference page, and even tried editing nm-system-settings.conf.

What you really want to do is right click on your panel, click Add to Panel, and select Notification Area. Why the nice NetworkManager Applet and battery status applet both live in the Notification Area remains a mystery.

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