I go to system settings and appearance is gone. I tried searching it in the dash and it is not there. When I right click the desktop and select "Change background" the system settings window opens. I tried going to the ubuntu software center and installing it from there it installed and popped up on my launcher. I tried clicking it and it opened up the system settings menu and appearance was still not there. I unlocked it from my launcher and searched for it in the dash and it was not there. Please help.

  • What happens when you try sudo apt-get install gnome-control-center?
    – Seth
    Feb 4, 2013 at 0:39
  • $ sudo apt-get install gnome-control-center Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done gnome-control-center is already the newest version. 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    – chad
    Feb 4, 2013 at 22:10

2 Answers 2


Sorry about this I figured it out.

I was missing the packages:




When I installed them appearances reappeared.

  • i had this same problem after installing gnome 3, looks like gnome 3 had uninstalled gnome-control-center-unity
    – askcompu
    Apr 25, 2013 at 1:18
  • appearance is back now
    – askcompu
    Apr 25, 2013 at 1:18
  • Was having this problem on 16.04.1 running Unity. Solved it with sudo apt-get install unity-control-center && sudo apt-get install unity-control-center-signon
    – bchilders
    Dec 22, 2017 at 19:48

I had the same problem after removing iBus. Removing ibus solved the problem of the changing keyboard language settings but also removed icons from my system settings menu. So I reinstalled ibus and now I'm back to square one with changing keyboard languages, but with a complete settings menu :-)

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