I accidentally deleted the default top panel in ubuntu 10.04.

How can I restore it without completely re-building it one panel object at a time?


See this post. It has step by step instructions as well as a well recorded video. He provides a script that can restore your top and bottom panels. Just in case you do it again :)

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  • Thank you baby jesus! It worked. I was really starting to drive me crazy. – citadelgrad Aug 5 '10 at 14:33
  • This worked beautifully the first time. – Noah Goodrich Oct 11 '10 at 20:31

See this post. It will restore your panels back to their defaults. It doesn't discriminate in that any edits to your bottom panel will also be lost.

Open a terminal session by: pressing Alt F2 > then type gnome-terminal > click on Run

Then enter the following code:

gconftool-2 –-recursive-unset /apps/panel # might be optional
rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel
pkill gnome-panel

Edit: Updated for gconftool-2

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  • that post is very dated. – myusuf3 Aug 4 '10 at 23:06
  • Tried it and it didn't work for me. Thanks for the suggestion. – citadelgrad Aug 5 '10 at 14:32
  • The only difference between the script and these three little commands is it needs to be gconftool-2 instead of gconftool. I've edited my answer for other people so they don't have to download and run a script from a random place. – Oli Aug 5 '10 at 15:21
  • Oli: I tried it with gconftool-2 and it didn't work for me. – citadelgrad Aug 6 '10 at 1:26
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    this post worked for me perfectly...thanks for your post Oli – user32644 Nov 12 '11 at 17:55

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