I just did a fresh install of 11.10 and noticed that the restart option is missing. Is there a way I can put it or turn this option on?

  • I haven't noticed that button just for almost years. You should use your command line as the greatest tool in linux. sudo shutdown now for shutting down your machine. sudo reboot, etc. Oct 25 at 8:05

You click the shut down button then click restart:

shut down button

  • when I click the gear icon the options are lock, logout, suspend, hibernate, and shutdown. there is no restart.
    – st2011
    Oct 15 '11 at 5:32
  • st2011 you have to click the shutdown button first before the restart button appears Oct 15 '11 at 5:36
  • Thank you for some reason didn't see this before.
    – st2011
    Oct 15 '11 at 5:41
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    I don't understand why they changed this. It makes no sense to go to Shutdown to go to restart, they're two separate actions.
    – blackn1ght
    Oct 15 '11 at 16:59
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    @blackn1ght I guess they figure that in order to do a restart, shutting down your machine is part of the process of doing that. Oct 18 '11 at 18:13

You can also type restart in the dash.

restart button

  • sweet. This is a nice alternative.
    – st2011
    Oct 15 '11 at 5:43
  • Doesn't work if you don't have your desktop in english. Actually
    – Maxime R.
    Dec 26 '11 at 22:48
  • Actually, in french, I have to type redémarrer to get the option. restart, reboot just don't work. Really annoying considering that most commands, program names, options are in english, which i got to learn, and that's not so obvious how it was decided to translate them. Consequence: terminal + sudo reboot.
    – Maxime R.
    Dec 26 '11 at 22:57
  • This works in Ubuntu 21.04 with GNOME Shell.
    – Flimm
    Sep 29 at 9:46

You can easily restart the computer by pressing Alt+F2, and typing gksu reboot into the box that comes up.

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    This will work with any version of Ubuntu, AFAIK. Oct 15 '11 at 5:38
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    your could also type "gksu shutdown -r now" :)
    – alex
    Oct 15 '11 at 7:20
  • My mouse wasn't working. This worked! :)
    – AnnanFay
    Dec 3 '11 at 13:30

OR Alt+F2

sudo shutdown -r now


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    That will work in a terminal but I don't think it will work from the dash.
    – Flimm
    Oct 18 '11 at 22:23
  • You could press Alt+F2 and run "gksu shutdown -r now". But outside of situations where the normal ways to restart graphically aren't working, there wouldn't be much benefit. Nov 8 '11 at 19:59

In Ubuntu 21.04, click the power icon in the top right corner of the screen, then click "Power Off/Log Out". In the sub-menu that appears, click "Restart".


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