For some reason the sidebar and the top bar disappeared on my Ubuntu 14.04. Ctrl+Alt+t does not start a terminal. I tried to remove .config and .cache/compizconfig-1, I tried to restart and reinstall unity, but to no avail.

I have some files on my desktop. If I open them, the corresponding application starts but the menu at the top does not show.

I also tried to use ccsm as suggested here Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears but it did not work.

2 Answers 2

  1. Open a tty terminal: Ctrl+Alt+F1.

  2. Next, log into your account and run the following commands:

sudo rm -rf ~/.cache/compizconfig-1
sudo rm -rf ~/.compiz
sudo rm -rf ~/.Xauthority
sudo dconf reset -f /org/compiz/
setsid unity
sudo reboot
  • Thanks a lot! sudo rm -rf ~/.Xauthority was the only thing I had not tried. Aug 7, 2017 at 19:40
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    Why are you using sudo to delete folders in home directory?
    – pomsky
    Mar 28, 2018 at 23:06
  • I can't seem to be able to type the sign ~ Everytime I try, I only get " I use international type o keyboard, so I don't know what's the cause of this. Anyway, now I can't fix my Unity problem due to a missing ~ !!!!!! Oct 3, 2018 at 13:01

You just need to open Settings → Dock → Position on Screen and choose one of them. The icons will reappear.

  • I don't understand where is Dock in settings application. P.S. I found it, another settings category was selected. You need to go back to all settings, becase it shows last settings you have used not all category settings from scratch. Feb 9 at 18:08

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