Restore Panel Bar(Top) in Ubuntu (GNOME)

The panel bar is extremely easy to be removed while user sometimes think that the right-click option “Delete This Panel” as the funtion to remove certain icon on the panel.

It is disastrous by removing this bar, especially for linux beginner users like me, as it is gonna be hard to access the applications.

It is easy to restore the panel:

1. press ALT+F2 and in the run dialog box, type gnome-terminal


In the terminal

2. gconftool-2 — — shutdown (no space between the dashes and no space between the dash and the word ‘shutdown’)

3. rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel

4. pkill gnome-panel – That’s it!

Reference: Restore Panels In Ubuntu Back To Their Default Settings


36 Responses to “Restore Panel Bar(Top) in Ubuntu (GNOME)”

  1. 1 priya
    August 5, 2008 at 5:04 am

    hi albert,
    This is a pretty useful post. Am a newbie to linux and i deleted the panel accidently and was wondering how to get it back. This post saved me 🙂 Thankx a lot

  2. 2 Ven
    August 10, 2008 at 5:03 am

    it’s not gconftool-2 –shudown
    try gconftool-2 –-shutdown

  3. 3 albertsiow
    August 11, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Thanks! I made a mistake here.

  4. 4 FMZ
    August 15, 2008 at 2:07 am

    I have done all the command, but my Bottom edge panel couldn’t be restore permanently.
    when I type gnome-panel and Enter in Terminal, all is going well, after I close terminal all get back like the first settings or my Bottom edge panel disappear.
    I am using Ubuntu 7.10.

  5. 5 albertsiow
    September 1, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    On Gnome,
    Right click on top panel
    Select add to panel
    Select window list
    See if the bottom panel has poped up?

    This method is not tested on my own machine, and it is referred from

    Please let me know if it helps…

  6. 8 ed
    September 22, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for the helpful info, it works on my CentOS Gnome too.
    Greetings from Hong Kong!

  7. 9 Vijay
    January 13, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Thank u boss… m a beginner to Linux. N was quite upset to use alt-tab to switch over the running applications.But now m again able to see my apps on panel. Thanks a lot once again .

  8. 10 Optimus_1973
    July 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    A lot of thank. it works very well..

  9. 11 ubuntunovice
    August 3, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    very thanks for your post. it’s very useful for me.

  10. 12 zwiik
    October 14, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    hey thanks hat helped a lot

  11. 13 alex
    November 5, 2009 at 3:05 am

    thanks, easy and powerful

  12. 14 shin
    January 30, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Thank you! You saved me!
    It’s works on Fedora 12 too.

  13. 16 Isaac Reyes
    February 16, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Thanks a lot!

    It looks like a minimum problem, but is really annoying.

  14. 17 Ankit
    March 3, 2010 at 3:06 am

    Hey nice one

  15. 18 bo7amny
    March 29, 2010 at 8:08 am

    thanks U very mush , very helpful .

  16. 19 Arion
    April 25, 2010 at 12:42 am


    I accidently deleted my panel and did not know how to restore it, and your solution worked like a charm!

  17. 20 Dan Large
    May 12, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks for saving my bacon!

  18. 21 Fred
    June 18, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Got my panels back but whenever I minimize a window, it doesn’t show up on my lower panel. Only way I can bring it up is if I alt+tab. Any reasons why it won’t show up on the bottom?

  19. 22 JV
    July 1, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Fantastic! After I restarted/logged out/in I was back to having no panels. I had to save my current desktop session in order for it to stick the next time I logged in. (System->Preferences->Startup->Options->Remember Currently Running Application)

  20. 23 lamida
    July 13, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Thanx, the post help solve my problem

  21. 24 yangxq
    August 13, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Thanks a lot!

  22. 25 adli hajarat
    August 19, 2010 at 11:06 am

    In my case I did a system recovery from the startup screen and chose the xfix option. It is working now

  23. 26 James Donolly
    August 26, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Saved me too!

    Alt F2 (brings up the Run command window)
    Type “gnome-terminal” and hit the “Run” button to open the terminal.
    $ gconftool-2 –shutdown
    $ rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel
    $ pkill gnome-panel

  24. 27 James
    September 20, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Fantastic, really good advice, literally 30 seconds to do =) =)

  25. 28 Shashank
    October 10, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Excellent post ..

    Wasted trying a lot of methods before i came across this !!

    Thanx a lot …

    I just copied & pasted when i had trouble gettin a statement correct !!

    thanx a lot !!

  26. 29 Poopie McGhee
    October 28, 2010 at 6:57 am

    My god… I thought I was gonna be screwed, luckily I got FF open by right clicking and going to “Change desktop background” then “Get more backgrounds online”… I’m so glad google pulled through for my typing the fairly vauge “ubuntu top bar not appearing”… The weird thing is that I didn’t mess with anything, it was just not there on first boot. Anyway, You saved me, Thanks.

  27. 30 Zero
    December 26, 2010 at 9:25 am

    You saved the day! 🙂

  28. 31 Sunny
    February 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Very Very thanks for the info…..ur great…

  29. 32 Sahith
    March 25, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Hey thanks for the information!! its working..

  30. 34 Samar
    June 5, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Hello Albert,
    Such a useful technique especially for the new comers like me…Thank you so much and God bless you….

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