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For reason(s) yet unknown, the Session Indicator has disappeared from my Unity Panel (ver. 11.10.) Short of reinstalling, is there a way the Session Indicator can be restored, perhaps through a command issued to gsettings? (I'm new to Ubuntu and still learning.)

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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You can alter the settings related to indicator-session using dconf-editor. To install dconf-editor, search for dconf tool in the software center or run this command in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

In dconf-tools, you can configure the indicator-session as you wish.

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Appreciate the fast response. I've tried configuring the key-values for indicator-session using dconf-tools, however I've not had any luck thus far in restoring the indicator. I'm wondering if perhaps there is another way this must be done? –  SEG Oct 18 '11 at 4:39
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Try this - Right click in the desktop screen > Change Desktop Background

At the bottom is a dropdown for Theme, switch from your current selection to something else & then back again, ie. - from Ambiance to Radiance, back to Ambiance

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