Restoring gnome panels to their defaults

Quite frankly, this happens to many times to ignore. You are messing around with ubuntu and oops! you deleted, or misplaced something on the panels. Maybe you booted up your computer and something on the panels somehow is ruined, through no fault of your own. this often happens to me, so it seemed necessary to put it here, even though there are plenty of other sites saying the same thing. Here is a probable messed up panel screenshot:

First, you need to open the terminal. The easiest way to do this, is to go to Applications>Accessories>Terminal, but not everyone has the luxury of working panels. You can also open the terminal by pressing ALT+F2 and then typing ‘gnome-terminal’  in the resulting dialog box. This is what it looks like:

next, you need to type a few commands into the terminal. First, copy/paste this in:

gconftool – -recursive-unset /apps/panel

the above command prepares the computer for the next commands and allows you to delete the settings files.. now type in the below command:

rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel

The above command deletes all the settings for the gnome panels and allows them to be automatically reset by the system to their defaults.. finally, copy/paste this in:

pkill gnome-panel

The previous command stops the system app running the gnome panels, allows the system to restore the settings to their defaults, and starts the panel back up. if you did not delete the settings with the rm -rf command, this would have just restarted the gnome panels. And for those of us who don’t care and just want their panels reset quickly, you can copy/paste the below command into the terminal, and it will have the same effect.

gconftool – -recursive-unset /apps/panel; rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel; pkill gnome-panel

That’s it! the gnome panels had all their settings reset to factory default, and you can now look at your proper panels and use them like they are supposed to be, here is even a screenshot of mine after they were fixed:

13 Responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Vic Morgan on 11.10.11 at 3:45 pm

    Your solution looks just like what I’m after, but it doesn’t work for me. I liked 11.04 with Gnome, but this upgrade to 11.10 seems to have removed many of the menu items. Right-clicking on the top bar now gets no response, and I don’t know where the ‘preferences’ and ‘administration’ menu options now reside.

  2. Posted by DaGeek247 on 11.10.11 at 3:45 pm

    I like the Ubuntu 11.04 toolbars better also, but i’m willing to use 11.10 on my netbook for now. I also hope they improve it enough that its worth putting on my desktop. For now, the 11.10 toolbars are mostly static, and unchangeable…

    However, you can change some things. The administration/preferences menu is now ‘System Settings’ under the power button. In my somewhat biased opinion, its looking a little to close to the control pane in windows. Oh well.

    Happy ubuntuing :D

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    Thanks very much. I was guided here by Wolfman on the Zorin Group Forum.

    Pleased to say your advice cured my problem.

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