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

  • 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

I reached this in search of an answer and found a solution myself. Maybe it will help the others. In the meanwhile 16.04, there is a possible to do this using tweak-tools.

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool
sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

Go to Extensions and activate : Display a window list at the bottom of the screen. Please see the screenshot ( 3rd point from below )

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  • I do not see "Extensions" anywhere in the gnome-tweak-tool or unity-tweak-tool. – jbapple Dec 2 '17 at 20:21
  • @jpapple updated my answer with a screenshot. its strange that you dont see the extensions – infoclogged Dec 10 '17 at 12:24

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