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How to restore panels in Ubuntu to their default settings

Written by Ian Carnaghan · 31 sec read >

How to restore panels in Ubuntu to their default settings after maybe deleting the Panels or accidentally removed an icon or something? You could always add the Panels/Icons one by one, but that’s time consuming. The quickest answer is below.

STEP 1

Start a Terminal session. To do this press ALT+F2 together. The Run Applicationwindow should appear.Type in “gnome-terminal” click on Show list of known applications and select Terminal and click on run.

Gnome Terminal

 

STEP 2

The Terminal window should be open now.
Enter the following command “gconftool –recursive-unset /apps/panel” and hit Enter.

STEP 3

After the previous command executed successfully type in the following command “pkill gnome-panel” and hit Enter.

STEP 4

All Panels top and bottom should appear. Or the missing panel will appear again. Customize them to you’re previous settings.

 

NOTE: Has been tested on Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy GibbonUbuntu Hardy Heron 8.04and Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04

Last Updated On April 07, 2018
Written by Ian Carnaghan
I am a software developer and online educator who likes to keep up with all the latest in technology. I also manage cloud infrastructure, continuous monitoring, DevOps processes, security, and continuous integration and deployment. In my spare time I teach undergraduate classes in web development. Profile

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