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In Ubuntu there is panel on the left, Unity. One can easily change settings so that it hides automatically and appears only if the mouse cursor hits the left border of the screen (this is what I did).

Today, I pressed some button accidentally and the panel appears again and stays there. The main problem is that it covers the left parts of all my applications (for example terminal, so I cannot type in my terminal if it is maximized).

I tried to change the behaviour in settings (the same window where I changed the background of the screen, but it has no effect).

Does anybody know how I can resolve this problem?

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closed as too localized by mikewhatever, Raja, fossfreedom Mar 20 '13 at 11:01

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panel ? did you mean Unity panel ? what desktop your using ? – Raja Mar 20 '13 at 9:50
I mean the stripe on the left that contain browser symbol, terminal symbol and symbols of other programs that I use. I do not know the terminology... I have reloaded the system. Now it works as before. – Roman Mar 20 '13 at 9:57
The users who closed this should be embarrassed. Three years later, I found this question VERY helpful. How about we stop micromanaging QA sites and let the users decide what's useful and what isn't? – Cerin Jul 9 at 19:44

Which OS version you are using, here answer in reference for 12.04 which I am using,

  1. click on setting icon on right-upper corner of screen
  2. Select System setting,
  3. Select Appearance Icon
  4. Select Behavior tab, under behavior tab SWITCH-OFF the Autohide Launcher option

For More reference see How can I configure Unity's launcher auto-hide behavior?

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I used this procedure to change the behavior of the launcher (it hides and reappears only if I put cursor of the mouse to the left border of the scree). But it appeared once and did not want to disappear. The way that you mentioned did not work. The only thing that helped is reloading of the system. – Roman Mar 20 '13 at 10:21
@Roman, please try SWITCH-OFF the Autohide Launcher option, as I update my answer. – Arvind Gangwar Mar 20 '13 at 10:25
Another comment is you have to swing upwards for the auto show to work properly on 12.04. If you just hover on left side of screen, the panel won't show. – JohnMerlino Feb 10 '14 at 4:14

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