Clean install to 11.10, trying to keep Gnome Classic.

I've installed gnome-session-fallback and removed unity via software center, and this toolbar still won't go away.

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Has anyone had any problems like this trying to keep Classic


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Try to install GNOME Tweak Tool (gnome-tweak-tool) and go to "Desktop" and then change the "Have file manager handle desktop" to off.

To install gnome-tweak-tool in Ubuntu 20.04 and earlier open the terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool 

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  • Unfortunately, the problem with this is that if you turn off the setting you suggest, then you can't have icons on the desktop anymore. I think what is hoped for is that the menu goes away, but that icons can be seen and manipulated on the desktop as usual.
    – Questioner
    Commented Oct 21, 2011 at 5:44

The gnome-tweak-tool solution turns off everything put on the desktop like linked folders and files, which is unacceptable for me. I use the desktop as part of my work space.

That extra toolbar (Global Menubar) is part of the Unity desktop. Remove Unity and the toolbar is gone. This article shows you how to remove all aspects of the Unity.

Here are the relevant command from that article to solve this problem:

  • Remove the appmenu. The appmenu (or Global Menubar) is that function that brings up the menu 'panel. Since we are going to remove unity, becomes useless (and also a problem because there would appear under the menu panel nautilus gnome)

    sudo apt-get purge appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-qt indicator-appmenu
  • To remove more Unity parts:

    sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-music unity-lens-applications unity-greeter unity-common unity-asset-pool unity-2d-launcher unity-2d libunity-misc4 libunity-2d-private0 gir1.2-unity-4.0

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