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How do I reset my Unity configuration?

I messed around with the compiz setting to set up desktop cube when I first installed 11.04. Big mistake right? I have everything back to normal but my top left panel is gone and I have tried everything to get it back. Unity --reset usually hangs on me and nothing else I have seen in the forums works.


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You can reset the Compiz settings for unity with a terminal command: unity --reset

  • I have tried that a bunch of times. It always hangs and forces me to hard reboot. Also, doesn't fix anything. Jun 29, 2011 at 4:18
  • How about resetting all of the Compiz settings: gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /apps/compiz-1 && unity --reset
    – monotasker
    Jun 29, 2011 at 4:24
  • The reset does not work unless the plugin is actually enabled.
    – red
    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:19

Do you have the Unity plugin enabled in CCSM? Oh and when I tried the cube, it screwed up things for me as well. Try using the Desktop Wall instead.

This thread might be relevant as well: https://askubuntu.com/questions/35949/unity-sidebar-gone-black/47407#47407

  • Unity plugin is enabled. I tried both unity --reset and unity --reset-icons Jun 29, 2011 at 12:30
  • Neither of those reset commands worked for my problem earlier. Check the answer I left to the linked question if it helps you.
    – red
    Jun 30, 2011 at 10:42
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    Were you able to resolve the problem? If yes, then answer your own question so it may help others.
    – red
    Jul 12, 2011 at 6:27

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