Isn't there a way to go back to a default setting for the desktop? An original configuration? How about restoring the shutdown/logoff button in the panel/taskbar?

Just installed Lubuntu (Ubuntu 13.10) and got to playing around with the settings. Unfortunately, I took some things out and moved things around that now that I look at it I really don't like.

How do I get back to square one, the way the desktop task bar looked like when I first installed it?

Example I lost the "start" like area in the left. the 3 icons to the right of that and now don't have he power button which was all the way to the right where the clock is. I don't really want to re-install OS all over again, because I do want to keep some customizations that I have done.

  • Thanks Stormvirux! To the other NOOBS like me- please reads the comments below. i was having issues copying and pasting into terminal and I didn't understand a message that was displayed after one of the commands that I pasted, but all is good now! – user254843 Mar 9 '14 at 20:04

Copy the default config

sudo cp /usr/share/lxpanel/profile/Lubuntu/panels/panel ~/.config/lxpanel/Lubuntu/panels

Change owner:group to the local account from root.

sudo chown owner:group  ~/.config/lxpanel/Lubuntu/panels/panel

now restart the panel

lxpanelctl restart


  • How do I copy and paste these instructions into the terminal? I tried ctrl-c, v and shift-ctrl-c, v into xterm and UXterm (what is the difference?) and neither work. In the past I was typing the commands, but This one seems much longer and I wan to make sure I get it right. – user254843 Mar 9 '14 at 17:24
  • see these on how to copy paste in xterm.. askubuntu.com/questions/68214/… – Stormvirux Mar 9 '14 at 17:30
  • That was GREAT! thanks! I am now using LXTerminal 0.1.11 which has the file, edit, tabs, etc. and it has the paste function as well. how do I find the user group for this: Change owner:group to the local account from root. sudo chown owner:group ~/.config/lxpanel/Lubuntu/panels/panel right now I get chown: invalid user – user254843 Mar 9 '14 at 19:16
  • I have tried using Mike and mike in owner:mike the only name of pc and it doesn't work. If it helps this is the first command line in the terminal mike@mike-OLD-HP-Compaq-nc6120-PT596AA-ABA: – user254843 Mar 9 '14 at 19:31

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