I've been experimenting with the general layout of the desktop, and all was well until I moved the panel to the right-hand side of the screen. Auto-hide was on at the time.

I've moved it several times before, without a hitch.
The only thing different this time was that I had Skype running in desktop-share mode, and it had a thin red line (pun unintended, but it fits) around the screen's perimeter.

This line prohibited me getting the mouse close enough to the edge to auto-show the panel.
I stopped Skype, and was able to display the Panel normally again.
I did the same thing again, but this time it didn't reappear, and is now definitely AWOL (after rebooting).

The least I would like from this is to retreive the layout and settings of the applets.
Getting the panel back would be even better.

Thanks for any ideas on this isssue.

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You can un-autohide the panel by running gconf-editor (press Alt+F2 and enter gconf-editor) and navigating to /apps/panel/toplevels. You can then edit the options for your panel(s) by clicking on the folders in the tree view below the toplevels folder. Untick the 'auto_hide' option. It might help if you increase the number of pixels shown when the panel is hidden by editing the auto_hide_size option.

If you want to reset the panels to their original state see: Resetting gnome panel

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    Thanks dv... That got me back up and running (gconf-editor, and widening the auto_hide_size)... Because of this mysterious "I'm not coming out to play" behaviour, I've looked very carefully at the behaviour. It requires a width of at least 3 pixels and will absolutely not show itself if I move very quickly to the very edge of the screen (and stay there)... It only pops out when I "approach" it. This behaviour is true of Left and Right sides, but Top and Bottom work as expected... I'd like to know if anyone else has this behaviour.. Please leave a message (Thanks)
    – Peter.O
    Oct 8, 2010 at 9:56

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