System Tray Icon

The system tray provides quick access to functionality integrated into the workspace that’s both highly visible to the user and frequently changed, like enabling/disabling WiFi and Bluetooth, or whether or not to show notifications. See architecture for an overview of plasma workspace components.

Examples

Tray icons with an open volume control panel.

Guidelines

Is this the right control

An application should only add an icon to the System Tray if the user needs to frequently access the application, or if the user is intrested in status changes within the application.

Behavior

  • On left click, open the application itself, or a panel that allows quick access to common features.
  • On right click, open a context menu.
  • For application like media players, enable the user to change the volume while scrolling over the icon.

Appearance

Use a monochrome, Shade Black, icon and use color only to communicate state.