How To Restore The Original Panel And Menu Bar in Ubuntu

New Solution

Note: The old solution no longer worked for me, I found a new solution and posted it here.

Open Terminal: Ctrl+Shift+T

Execute these three commands:

gconftool-2 --shutdown
rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel
pkill gnome-panel

The panels should reappear without logging out.


Old Solution

Note: This no longer works for me, but I leave it here for those who would like to try. After all, this solution saved me once, and it once worked just fine.

Well, I deleted my top panel by accident today. When I create a new one, some of the original items such as wire network connection, PMC volume control, notification area, date and time… are not there any more. Some of them are no where to be found in the items listed for adding new items onto panels. Anyhow, a quick Google search let me to the solution, found here and quoted below.

Open Terminal: Ctrl+Shift+T

Execute these three commands:

gnome-session-remove gnome-panel
gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /apps/panel
gnome-panel &

Then logout and log back in, or restart you X server with CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE , everything should be fine.

Note: During this process, all panels, including the top and bottom, will be deleted and restore to the default settings. So, if you delete the bottom panel, this also restores it.

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55 Responses

  1. […] recargar la informacion del panel. Y si acaso lo que queremos es volver a la situacion original del panel. Los comandos […]

  2. Thats great. But what are the keyboard shortcuts to start a terminal, i cant find those anywhere.

  3. Lee,

    I think the Ctrl+Shift+T is the default keyboard shortcut to open your terminal.

    You can also add terminal on your panel as a quick shortcut like in windows.

  4. Ok, thanks. Next issue.
    I type each command, hitting enter after each command. After the last command I get a blinking, black cursur with no confirmation….I log out and in and still same problem…

  5. Lee,

    Thanks for coming back.

    I found another solution.

    In terminal, enter these three commands:

    gconftool-2 --shutdown
    rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel
    pkill gnome-panel

    I hope this helps.

  6. hi there! thanks for this info. really helped. but i got one problem though. my network monitor applet didn’t appear in the panel.

    any ideas? thanks again.

  7. j0sh818,

    I never have the same problem before. I will search for the solution soon. However, at the mean time, what you can do is put a network monitor on your panel:

    Right-click on the panel => Select “Add to panel…” => select “Network Monitor”

    This might help you for now.

  8. Excellent! This is what I wanted to know. Worked for me. Thank you!

  9. Nice Post…. I was just looking for this and this worked.

  10. oh man thank you this really help me a lot nice job

  11. You. Are. My. Hero.

    Thanks so much!

  12. what if I cannot run terminal in no possible way. I cannot access top nor bottom menu. I have deleted all the folder in .home I am trying already 2 hours to solve this but nothing works.
    CTRL+ALT+T = NO
    ALT F2 = NO

  13. I deleted my bottom panel desktop panel by mistake. I tried a few other suggestions but nothing worked. When I tried yours it worked perfectly. No re-boot or anything needed my panel came back along with the trash can.
    Your just wonderful… thank you very much.

    Posted on June 23, 2008 by Quyen Nguyen
    New Solution
    Open Terminal: Ctrl+Shift+T

    Execute these three commands:

    gconftool-2 –shutdown
    rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel
    pkill gnome-panel

    • I had to use Ctrl + Alt + T and it worked a treat.

      Thanks for the info, it saved a lot of cursing and frustration :)

  14. great! it works, many thanks Quyen Nguyen

  15. thanks a lot
    works like a charm

  16. Thank you very much!
    The solution solved my problem.

  17. thank you! :)

  18. Thanks for the post! Just got me out of an unfortunate situation!

    Cheers

    BPP

  19. Dude ur fucking awesome..it worked!!

  20. Great, lost it by accident! Works well!

  21. I cannot express what I feel right now. THANK YOU, THANK YOU AND THANK YOU!!!

  22. Thanks a lot for this! Worked like a charm.

  23. This is great thanks heaps for providing this information!

  24. Worked fine for me in Ubuntu 10.4.

    Thanks – Ubuntu community rules.

  25. Those commands worked for me and I have my panel back.
    Way cool !

    Thanks,

    -ml

  26. THANKS BRO! BEEN LOOKING FOR ABOUT 15 MIN. NOW AND YOURS WORKED INSTANTLY!! GOOD JOB!

  27. Thank you!

    Worked great in Lucid.

  28. Thanks for that solution, I thought i was up shit creek there!!! Think we were all on the same boat lol. Ubuntu FTW!

  29. dude, you’re a friggin lifesaver — thanks

  30. […] recargar la informacion del panel. Y si acaso lo que queremos es volver a la situacion original del panel. Los comandos […]

  31. WHOOOO!!!! Thank you very much :-‘)

  32. Those three commands work lik a champ. But it is pretty boring to type this in every time I restart the computer. Where can I put this command so it runs by itself every time?

  33. It worked with my Ubuntu 10.04 installation.

    Thanks :)

  34. thanks for the tips.
    worked with out a hitch on lucid.

  35. Thank you…this is working just fine !!!

  36. thnx a lot.. its awesome..! works perfectly alright :)

  37. Nice Post…. I was just looking for this and this worked :)

  38. Thank You….:)

  39. tnk u i am greatful bak bak

  40. Thank you …First one work properly

  41. When I did this it deleted everything I had on the computer. Files, pictures, music.

    Don’t know what went wrong, just a warning.

  42. Excellent! . Thank you!

  43. Thanks for the solution.

    It was very helpful and it worked just fine on my ubuntu 10.10.

    Tks again.

  44. awesome, worked and got me out of a very stuck place!

  45. Thanks for the post

    Nakul

  46. Thank you so much!

  47. It works great. Save me a lot of time. Thanks!!

  48. work perfectly!! thnks a lot!

  49. New solution worked like a charm for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  52. can’t work..top edge panel lost

  53. it did not work . what should i do

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