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I fooled around with the colors and stuff, in the terminal, and now want to go back to the maroon and white default config of the the terminal. What files do I have to delete?

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Deleting ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-terminal or using gconftool --recursive-unset /apps/gnome-terminal as others suggested works, but you need to relog to see changes. – user52504 Mar 29 '12 at 0:09
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In terminal click on the 'Edit' menu then 'Profile Preferences'. It will pop up the 'Editing Profile' Window. to reset the color make sure that you have selected the check box named 'Use colors from system theme' in the 'Colors' tab.alt text

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I have, but I see a white BG only. – theTuxRacer Nov 23 '10 at 9:22
I also tried creating a new profile, but that didnt help. Things like changing the Cursor shape, produced instant changes in the terminal. but changing the colors, unfortunately did not. – theTuxRacer Nov 23 '10 at 11:44
Is this the same for all user account including root?.. or just for your account? – aneeshep Nov 23 '10 at 11:56
Which is the theme you are using ? – aneeshep Nov 23 '10 at 12:31
It depends on the theme you are using. if you select the default theme 'Ambiance' and follow the above you will get a terminal with maroon and white colors. Or if you want to keep your current theme then you need edit the terminal profile to get the desired output. – aneeshep Nov 23 '10 at 12:46

Try gconftool --recursive-unset /apps/gnome-terminal

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thx this worx.. – haps10 Mar 31 '12 at 10:07
This is also useful (along with other command line options) if you disabled menu access in the terminal settings by accident (and can't access the menu). – Halil Özgür Oct 26 '13 at 9:07
Very useful -- especially if gnome-terminal is no longer working through SSH through -X. (Like messing up a profile with a custom theme). – elika kohen Oct 14 '15 at 20:41

If you want to do a complete reset of the Gnome Terminal settings, you can remove the ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-terminal directory which contains them. I would close all terminal windows on your desktop. Then switch away from the GUI with Ctrl+Alt+F1 and login on the console.

You should probably backup the directory first, with something like:

cp -a ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-terminal ~/terminal-settings.bak

Then remove it:

rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-terminal

Now, you can switch back to the GUI with Alt+F7 or Alt+F8 and launch the terminal. It should be reset to system default settings.

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:D wow, thanks Sir! But I am afraid, that did not work! And I havent changed the color-schemes, so its not that the settings are default, but the colors are new. – theTuxRacer Nov 23 '10 at 11:21

When you are in Terminal, go to Edit > Profile preferences, or press Alt+E-O to open the Editing Profile dialog. After make sure to select everything as below images.

Also, make sure that the value of PS1 in ~/.bashrc file is:

PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\[\033[01;32m\]\u@\h\[\033[00m\]:\[\033[01;34m\]\w\[\033[00m\]\$ '


title and command





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