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count_negative
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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: 5 years ago.
Last edited: 2 years ago.
Reviewed: 4 years ago.
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Comments
2 months ago

lazarusgrey
Just wanted to add that I came across this guide when my Panel would not respond to left mouse clicks (e.g. no menu or app selection). I noted that the colour of the Panel had changed as well.

I discovered I was in "Panel Edit Mode". Turning this off returned left mouse control (and the panel colour) to normal.

You can check, and disable, Panel Edit Mode by right clicking on the Panel. You will then see a Panel Edit Mode toggle, or you can click Panel Settings for a Panel Edit Mode check box (depends on the version).

Knowing this saved me from resetting the menu when I did not have to. Hope it helps someone else. :)
 
8 months ago

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

davemulkey
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

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

sujitnag
nice and helpful  
3 years ago

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

Flonofo
Thanks! Exactly the right answer.  
4 years ago

veratec
Hi, we made a video guide for the same topic.. It's accessible at Vimeo:
http://vimeo.com/35187632 or at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvsaNgphO1o&hd=1
 
4 years ago

3deo
thanks! this is i need :)  
4 years ago

sdim
Very useful indeed. Many thanks.  
4 years ago

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

fatwork

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

boojum17
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 :) !

boojum17
 
4 years ago

Redsandro
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

Tonya
Many thanks!  
4 years ago

pattonia
@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

wanda
@Pattonia
Alt + F2
code : xfce4-panel
 
4 years ago

pattonia
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

zylliece
Thank you!  
4 years ago

xfirebg
You save my time :)  
5 years ago

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

efthialex
Very good,thanks!  

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