Restore the Default Gnome Panels in Ubuntu 10.04

Sometimes crazy things happen when you’re using Ubuntu, especially when you’re first getting started. It’s easy to mess things up and sometimes hard to get them back to normal. One problem I often see is that people accidentally delete their top or bottom panels (the bars that go across the top and bottom of your desktop and contain menus and other useful widgets).  It can be especially frustrating when your top panel disappears along with the Application Menu … what’s a person to do?

You might see instructions in a forum or on a blog post that tell you how “easy” it is to restore your default panels with some “simple” Terminal commands. While these commands might be easy for the seasoned Linux geek, they can be confusing for everyone else.  In an attempt to make things as simple as possible, I edited a small program originally found here, and made something that will hopefully get you back to Ubuntu bliss as quickly as possible.

Introducing: PanelRestore

PanelRestore is a small program that will allow you to restore the default Ubuntu panels quickly (it will also allow you to backup and restore your existing panel configurations). Here’s how to use it.

1. Download PanelRestore – Right-click here and choose “Save Link As”. Save the PanelRestore.tar.gz file on your desktop.

2. Find the PanelRestore.tar.gz on your desktop, right-click on it and then click on “Extract Here.”

3. You should now see another file on your desktop called “PanelRestore.sh.”  Double click on this file and you will be presented with a pop-up window asking you what you want to do – click “Run.”

4. Now you will see the main program window. Here you have the choice to save your current panel settings and restore panel settings from a file, or to restore the default panel settings. Choose “Restore Default Panel Settings” and click “OK.”

5. If you’re sure that you want to restore the default Ubuntu panels, click “OK.”

6. Enjoy!

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  1. thank you so much my friend....you just saved this linux No0b so much time

  2. thanks...sooooooooooooooo much.......

  3. nice!! If I had a paypal acct I would send u a buck, but I don't like being robbed... Thank you!!!

  4. it works like charm! I'm using ubuntu 10.04 Desktop. I accidentally deleted the top panel. After running your script, all are restored including previously missing the network manager applet (nm-applet).
    God Job. Thanks!

  5. thanks dude!!
    the script was of gr8 help..

  6. nice! easy to follow instructions for download and usage. wonder why this funktion is not an integrated part of ubuntu 10.04

  7. nice! easy to understand instructions for download and usage. Wonder why this function isn't integrated with the standard upgrades

  8. thanks very much..............it is very easy to get default panel settings....

  9. Thanks BitHacker. That saved me a lot of stress.

  10. Why do you need ANY of this nonsense. Just run:

    gconftool --recursive-unset /apps/panel && killall gnome-panel

    No need to download anything. Just copy and paste to the terminal.