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I'm using 12.04, classic desktop without effects. Once the indicator-applet-complete (right part of the top panel) had disappeared. I found how to fix it with Alt-Win-RightMouseClick on the panel, then "Add to the Panel", where choose "Indicator Applet Complete" to add.

Now, the left part of the top panel (Applications Menu) has disappeared! If I do Alt-Win-RightMouseClick on the panel, I can add only individual menu sections like Internet, Office, Settings etc.

How to get back the full menu?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Answer is: add to the panel the Menu Bar option!

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+1, Always good to ask & answer your own question. – Tom Brossman Sep 30 '12 at 21:16

If You want to have this in 12.04 LTS unity desktop, You could add the "classicmenu-indicator", which helped me getting the classic menu back into unity.

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