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 How to reset the menu panel (gnome2)

If you've configured some things brocken in your panel or simply delete it by mistake (like me) then

- open a terminal (Alt-F2, or ctr-alt-t) and enter:

gconftool --recursive-unset /apps/panel

that should reset the complete panel to mint defaults.

For cinnamon do:

gsettings reset-recursively org.cinnamon 

Edit: Thanks to Redsandro:

You can also remove the configuration. For gnome:

mv ~/.gconf/apps/panel ~/.gconf/apps/panel.old

Then logout and login again.

Tags: panel
Created: 4 years ago.
Last edited: 2 years ago.
Reviewed: 4 years ago.
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6 months ago

thanks a lot at same point I was not able use "left mouse button" on/in panel  
1 year ago

Many thanks. I'm a Mint newbie (not a Linux newbie) and I managed to wreck the task bar by:
(1) making it auto-hide
(2) telling it to scale the icons to the taskbar height
(3) accidentally setting the taskbar height to a very large number
(like 4832 - fast, clumsy typing)
Then it seemed impossible to reset the size of the taskbar, which covered the entire screen. Could have been worse - if it wasn't auto-hiding, then OUCH! Your reset tip for Cinammon fixed it. Thanks again.

Suggestion - a validation check could prevent clumsy people like me from setting such a large height value.
1 year ago

Why did this happen? Thanks for the solution. It helped me reset the panel to what it was.  
2 years ago

nice and helpful  
3 years ago

my right click on menu panel does not work.....what to do???  
3 years ago

Thanks! Exactly the right answer.  
3 years ago

Hi, we made a video guide for the same topic.. It's accessible at Vimeo: or at YouTube:
4 years ago

thanks! this is i need :)  
4 years ago

Very useful indeed. Many thanks.  
4 years ago

worked very well thank you:)i deleted the volume button,,,and yes i am a newbie  
4 years ago


My menu panel crashes regularly :/ , working on a 64-bit machine. After few experiments this worked for me:

1) rm ~/.gconf/apps/panel
2) gconftool --recursive-unset /apps/panel
3) Log out and in again
4 years ago

Thank you for this wonderful tip! I was going round the bend trying to undo whatever I did to upset my panel and was even considering a clean install to get things back as they were.

Great tip -- thanks a million :) !

4 years ago

You can also remove the configuration. For gnome:

mv ~/.gconf/apps/panel ~/.gconf/apps/panel.old

Then logout and login again. For other managers you can probably locate the configuration folder like so:

cd <- so you are in your home dir
find . | grep panel
4 years ago

Many thanks!  
4 years ago

@wanda: Thanks. I tried the line

code: gconftool --recursive-unset /usr/bin/xfce4-panel

but nothing happened. I logged out and back in again, but my old panel is still there.
4 years ago

Alt + F2
code : xfce4-panel
4 years ago

Hm...this didn't have any effect on my XFCE version. Ah, I see that there is no directory /apps on my system. Where would I find the default location of this directory on an XFCE system?  
4 years ago

Thank you!  
4 years ago

You save my time :)  
4 years ago

I was looking for something like this. Thanks!  
4 years ago

Very good,thanks!  

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