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I just tried Gnome 3, but didn't like it at all. So I removed/purged it, rebooted, and discovered that my Nautilus looks different now & lacks a menu. I couldn't even find a way to bring it back to it's normal appearance. How do I get it back to normal without reinstalling the whole OS? I'm very unhappy with this, since there is missing functionality (or at least it's hidden and I can't find it)!

  • With the guest account do you have the same problem? What exactly did you remove/purge? Probably some packages are shared, so you should pay attention to what you installed exactly and then what you removed. – dadexix86 Dec 27 '15 at 10:48
  • Did you ever resolve the issue? Another user is having the same issue. – wjandrea Dec 3 '16 at 0:09
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Since ubuntu-desktop depends on nautilus, you can and should re-install that as well to avoid future problems:

sudo apt-get install -f ubuntu-desktop

This will install Nautilus as a side-effect.

You can also just reinstall Nautilus with the following command:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall nautilus
  • Tried both, but it says Nautilus can't be reinstalled and the Ubuntu Desktop says it's already the latest version. I rebooted, just to see if maybe something would update once I did that. Still, nothing was fixed. – Zamphatta Dec 27 '15 at 18:27
  • Why can nautilus not be re-installed? Can you please include the output of sudo apt-get install --reinstall nautilus in your question and give me a ping? – David Foerster Dec 28 '15 at 13:22

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