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?


You click the shut down button then click restart:

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  • 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 – Brendan Samek 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. – Christopher Kyle Horton Oct 18 '11 at 18:13

You can also type restart in the dash.

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  • 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

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. – Christopher Kyle Horton 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! :) – Annan 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. – Eliah Kagan Nov 8 '11 at 19:59

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