Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I accidentally deleted the top bar and now it will not save icons that I add to it.

I'll spend 5 minutes adding icons back only to find they disappear upon rebooting.

This has to be the strangest, glitchiest OS I've ever used. The icons are randomly changing positions on the bar, sometimes are half drawn or not at all, or spaced out unusually, or not there at all. What the heck? I just want a bar with my icons that doesn't change.

share|improve this question

just remove the top panel and add a new one again

share|improve this answer
@WebDeveloper I recommend you edit this answer to explain how to do that. If you wish, you could even include one or more screenshots (in addition to descriptive text). – Eliah Kagan Oct 2 '12 at 18:27

Try resetting your gnome panels to the defaults by typing the following in a terminal;

gconftool-2 --shutdown 
rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel 
pkill gnome-panel

The panels will then be as they were when you first installed - you will loose any custom settings.

If you would like to use a GUI for this you can install a program called Panelrestore, it also gives you the option to back up your panel settings. Details on how to install and use it can be found here .

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.