How to reset the menu panel (gnome2)

  9 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 7 years ago

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

sujitnag 9 years ago

nice and helpful

paritosh 10 years ago

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

Flonofo 10 years ago

Thanks! Exactly the right answer.

veratec 10 years ago

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

3deo 10 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 11 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 11 years ago

Many thanks!

pattonia 11 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 11 years ago

Alt + F2
code : xfce4-panel

pattonia 11 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 11 years ago

Thank you!

xfirebg 11 years ago

You save my time :)

Xyie 11 years ago

I was looking for something like this. Thanks!

efthialex 11 years ago

Very good,thanks!