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

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

  2. Brilliant!
    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. hi,

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

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

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

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

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


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

  11. 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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