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I would like to remove the GNOME panel completely. I spend most of my time in a (tmux) terminal or a browser. Synapse and a small hidden AWN panel fit the rest of my needs.

I have tried all recommended solutions including this (found it a few places):

However it always comes back at log in. I have tried changing the required components > panel to avant-whatever as well as to empty. I have tried setting them both as default (right click set as default).

Right now I just have the last panel set to transparent and auto hide, but it still tends to be annoying.

What do I need to do to get rid of this damn thing?


Using gconf-editor, gconftool2, and/or Ubuntu tweak to set /desktop/gnome/session/required_component/panel to avant-window-navigator is not working. The setting stays when I reboot, but the empty gnome panel sticks around.

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There's an explanation of how to replace gnome-panel with awn on the AWN FAQ

If you have "Configuration Editor" (AKA gconf-editor) installed, run it and navigate to the key folder /desktop/gnome/session/required_components. Double-click on the key panel in the right-hand pane to edit it, and change the value to "avant-window-navigator" followed by the "OK" button. Alternatively, you can run the following command from the terminal:

gconftool-2 --type=string --set /desktop/gnome/session/required_components/panel 'avant-window-navigator'

I did this on my laptop the other day and it worked fine. As a side note, to bring gnome-panel back:

gconftool-2 --type=string --set /desktop/gnome/session/required_components/panel 'gnome-panel'
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This is the way everybody recommends. I have used this method perfectly on my laptop. However my desktop has one panel that defies removal. – Alan Peabody Feb 6 '11 at 4:51
@alan-peabody That's strange. That means that gnome-panel must still be running. What happens when you run ` ps -A | grep panel` in the console? I haven't tried this, but maybe you could find and remove the panel from ~/.gnome/apps/panel/toplevels (I'd probably back that directory up first before messing with it). Also, is it possible that that extra panel is the wingpanel app or something? I know when I installed it, it looked like some misc. empty panel. – enobrev Feb 6 '11 at 13:16
ps -A lists: 2193 ? 00:00:00 gnome-panel The directory you mentioned does not exist. I do have a ~/.gnome2/panel2.d/ directory. I have not installed wingpanel, although the original mock up certainly was appealing. – Alan Peabody Feb 8 '11 at 0:10
Actually I DID have wingpanel installed (dunno what late night I did that...). Removing it solved the problem. Thanks! – Alan Peabody Feb 8 '11 at 0:19
@alan-peabody You might still want to find out why gnome-panel is running if you've explicitly told gnome not to start it. Otherwise I'm glad you got it working! – enobrev Feb 8 '11 at 0:44

I failed completely to disable the GNOME Panel in the standard GNOME sessions on Precise (12.04). But I tried this script and it worked for me, adding a new session option on the LightDM login screen.

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