I accidentally hid my Gnome Panel

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

I got a new tablet pc, and in attempt to hide the empathy mail icon, accidentally made the entire panel dissappear. (The one at the top that has applications/places/system, and battery life/network connections etc).

I don’t believe I killed it, because alt+f2, then gnome-panel does not bring it back.
I’ve tried alt+ctrl+backspace to reset gnome, that didn’t bring it back.

It must just be some setting like ‘hide’ or something…

Any tips to get it back?


How to solve :

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Method 1

Run this from Alt-F2:

gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /apps/panel

You will lose your panel customisations. You may need to restart the panel or your session after that.

Method 2

Try gconf-editor.


Method 3

Check the left and right sides of the screen, as far as I remember the panel does support automatic hiding on one of them.

Also, if you’ve deleted the panel, that’s no problem either, you should still have the one at the bottom, just right click on it -> New Panel. You’ll just have to fill it again with the components.

If you have neither hidden the panel, nor have one at the bottom (which shouldn’t happen anyway). You could try to rename the .gnome2 folder in your home (beware, it’s hidden) and login/logout once.

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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