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When I restarted my Ubuntu workstation after a firefox crash, my taskbar disappeared. I'm referring to the bar at the bottom of the screen, where the currently-open programs are displayed. Also, I remember I could switch from one virtual screen to the next one there. At the very right, there was a button on it that would minimize all windows and show the desktop.

What program do I need to start to get it back? What could be the reason for this?

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Which task bar? – Mitch Jun 28 '12 at 8:32
Are you using Ubuntu 12.04 Gnome panel . – atenz Jun 28 '12 at 8:46
do not know. how do i find out? – tarrasch Jun 28 '12 at 9:12

Its Easy, hold Super+Alt+click on the upper task bar and click add new panel. Then using the same key combinations select add to panel and then select the options you want such a workspace switcher, etc

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and where do i get an overview over the running programs? – tarrasch Jun 28 '12 at 9:13
Its easy, hold <kbd>Super</kbd>+<kbd>Alt</kbd>+click... What is the "super" key? – user108713 Nov 17 '12 at 5:24
one of the options in the add to panel list should show running programs. – Kevin Nov 17 '12 at 5:30
'Super' is the Meta or Windows Key! – Vinit Kumar Nov 17 '12 at 14:07

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