[SOLVED] Blank spot?

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[SOLVED] Blank spot?

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I notice that in the right-hand area of my task bar (system tray?) in Cinnamon I've got a blank spot. Looks like this:

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It's the blank spot just to the right of the Bluetooth symbol. Nothing happens when I left, right or double click it and it appears after every boot up.

Is there any way to find out what this is?

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murray@mercury:~$ inxi -Sxx
System:
  Host: mercury Kernel: 4.15.0-45-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc 
  v: 7.3.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.0.9 wm: muffin dm: LightDM 
  Distro: Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic
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Re: Blank spot?

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Usually a right click on the blank spot comes up with a message.

I get something like that after I have received an email and read it without "refreshing" the icon on the panel (mail-notification icon).

Try activating panel edit mode (right click on the panel and switch it on) to see if you can identify it.
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Re: Blank spot?

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kyphi wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:26 pm
Try activating panel edit mode (right click on the panel and switch it on) to see if you can identify it.
Thanks I'll try that and report back.
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Another option to try is via a right click on the panel, select "Troubleshoot" and click on "Restore all settings to default". You would then have to re-install as well as re-position your applet icons.

There is a function (right click on panel) when you select "Modify panel" that lets you copy the applet configuration as well as paste it later. You might be lucky with that one, however, I must admit not having had much success using that option.
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Right click on the task bar, is "Panel Edit Mode" on or off? If off, turn it on and then try and delete the offending icon with a right click.
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Re: Blank spot?

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Hi everyone,

I think it's the update manager's icon, I happen to frequently have the same issue under LMDE 3 :

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It goes like that after some time of staying idle, for a reason I can't pinpoint. After reading your previous answers to murray, I tried entering the panel edit mode, and it reappeared correctly :

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Should we file a bug report on this ?
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lsemmens wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:05 am
Right click on the task bar, is "Panel Edit Mode" on or off? If off, turn it on and then try and delete the offending icon with a right click.
I switched Panel Edit Mode on but nothing happens when I right-click the blank spot. If I right-click the other icons then I get a little menu pop up with About and Remove options, but nothing for the blank spot.
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kyphi wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:59 pm
Another option to try is via a right click on the panel, select "Troubleshoot" and click on "Restore all settings to default". You would then have to re-install as well as re-position your applet icons.
I tried restoring the panel to defaults and that did make the blank spot go away. But after rebooting it came back.
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Then it may be something that is activated from "Startup Applications" (in the Preferences menu).
In Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon the items listed and turned ON in my Startup Applications menu are:

Cinnamon Settings Daemon -xrandr
Ctrl Alt Backspace
Flatpak
mintwelcome
Nvidia X Server Settings
Print Queue Applet
SSH Key Agent
Update Manager

There are more but those are peculiar to my system.
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Re: Blank spot?

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kyphi wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:21 pm
Then it may be something that is activated from "Startup Applications" (in the Preferences menu).
You've cracked it! After some playing around turning things on and off I tracked it down to my Keepass program. Some more fiddling and I found an option in Keepass's options that says "Show tray icon only if main window has been sent to tray". This option was unticked, so I ticked it and that made the blank spot go away.

Thanks for everyone's help!
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