How to reset the menu panel (gnome2)

  8 years ago

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.

susieuna 6 years ago

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

sujitnag 8 years ago

nice and helpful

paritosh 9 years ago

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

Flonofo 9 years ago

Thanks! Exactly the right answer.

veratec 9 years ago

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

3deo 9 years ago

thanks! this is i need :)

sdim 10 years ago

Very useful indeed. Many thanks.

toback 10 years ago

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

fatwork 10 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

boojum17 10 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 :) !


Redsandro 10 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

Tonya 10 years ago

Many thanks!

pattonia 10 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.

wanda 10 years ago

Alt + F2
code : xfce4-panel

pattonia 10 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?

zylliece 10 years ago

Thank you!

xfirebg 10 years ago

You save my time :)

Xyie 10 years ago

I was looking for something like this. Thanks!

efthialex 10 years ago

Very good,thanks!