Tip:How to restore accidently deleted top panel in ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid)

If you are new to ubuntu and for some reason if you accidently deleted top panel in ubuntu 10.04 don't worry you can restore using the following procedure

Open the terminal and run the following commands

gconftool-2 --shutdown

rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel

pkill gnome-panel

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35 Responses

  1. egi says:

    great, thanks, this is what i looking for

  2. Victor Toal says:

    THANKS! I was wondering for a while how I can get that panel back … those right clicks can kill you sometimes!

  3. Reg says:

    Works on any Gnome panel.
    I just restored my Fedora 12 top panel.
    Just copy/paste the above instructions into a terminal.
    Did not need root privileges at all.
    Thanks for this hint.

  4. GaryH says:

    can’t get to terminal.. Only get to “grub”. desktop comes up but only shows my background and a couple folders which I can’t open up. Cannot open up a launcher. no panels at all.

  5. CBronson says:

    Works with Ubuntu 10.10 too. Thank you.

  6. Andrew says:

    Thank you! That helped me out a lot!

  7. Mariel says:

    I’ve typed in the commands on the terminal and all its saying is the commands don’t exist :/ am I typing them right? Argh…

  8. Anitha says:

    Great man..
    Thanks a lot and lot….
    I got my panel back..

  9. sunitha says:


    I am not able to view the top panel of ubuntu only in firefox web browser…can anybody help me out to restore it..

  10. woohoo says:

    Thankyou! works on fedora 14 also. -_-

  11. ackhe says:

    Thanks!!!!! 😉

  12. Graham says:

    Brilliant – using Lucid and it worked a treat
    Will keep that set of commands easily to hand for future reference

  13. pankaj says:

    You r great man..!


    my panel restored… thank u very much.

  14. RICK says:

    Worked perfectly……….Thanks man

  15. sanjeev says:

    Thanx bro,
    I am new to ubuntu and you have provided a lot help to me

  16. WiiMaster says:

    Thank you so much! This work perfectly!!!!!! You are awesome!!!

  17. shonk says:

    Phew, thanks.

  18. venkat says:

    Thanks it works for me too….

  19. Danny M says:

    Thanks! Just copied and paste in terminal! Noob mistake that I won’t make again!

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  22. Roozbeh Eskandri says:

    Tank you so much
    That’s Great
    Kisssssssss you

  23. jerry says:

    am i the only one who is is not sucesssful with this? someone pls help me and advise?

  24. Rishi says:

    Wow!! Great!!

    Thank you so very much… 🙂

  25. john says:

    Had installed 10.04 on a friends computer he deleted the top panel- used your commands and it worked perfectly..thanks


  26. john dee says:

    This worked for me but when I restarted the top and bottom panels were missing again. Any ideas?

  27. KR says:

    Thanks for the tip. It was life saver

  28. David says:

    Thank you,

  29. Rizwan Ahmad says:

    didn’t work on ubuntu 13.04 🙁

  30. Sam says:

    Here is an alternative way in stead of yousing the panel’s try Avant Window Navigator It is in the sofe ware center If set up right, much nicer.

    In Ubutu the same use this and set the Unity panel on side to hideing only there when mouse over .

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