applications menu and panels are gone

Asked by Patricia on 2008-05-10

After an update, unexpectedly all the panels were gone and the only icons left in my desktop are folders. Nevertheless everything seems to work alright, but I do not find the way to get the panels and applications' menu back! Any piece of advice?

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peter b (b1pete) said : #2

hello Patricia,

pls take a look at

that'll get you going/solve your problem.

peter b

Thank you Peter B for your thoughtful tip, but it didn't work, any other idea?

peter b (b1pete) said : #4


pls follow point 5 : Panels on the above url-->

pls enter in a terminal


a new window will open up then navigate to /apps/panel/toplevels/top_panel_screen0

on the right panel you'll see an entry


pls remove the checkmark on this entry quit gconf-editor --> the top panel should appear.

peter b

kiaq (gepj00) said : #5

I think I have the same trouble Patricia is facing. I think what caused the top and bottom bars to disappear is an update I did on Hardy. I tried the possible solutions you've suggested but nothing's happened

kiaq (gepj00) said : #6

I found a partial solution to the problem. I reinstalled gnome-panel and now I can see both the top and bottom toolbars. I got some errors after that but at least I'm able to browse through the menus. And I think my problem was not update-related. I was trying to connect my TV as a second screen and that might have caused this.

peter b (b1pete) said : #7

kiaq, Patricia,

I can not say what may have caused the disappearance of both panels on your pc.s; for sure it is related to gnome, it never happened to me, it is the first time I'm hearing about such thing.

gnome in hardy distro does much more than in previous ubuntu distros; the conventional way to handle such events is as I mentioned, that worked v well in the past; probably in hardy it is different.

anyhow, if a reinstall of gnome-panel package helped you see again the two panels that's all right - only after booting several times into hardy WITHOUT errors may confirm that IT IS A permanent solution --> remember, you mentioned that some errors were displayed while reinstalling gnome-panel package; probably it would have been better to uninstall the package first AND then reinstall it; only time will tell whether just reinstalling it is a permanent solution as I said.

peter b

kiaq (gepj00) said : #8

Thank you very much peter b. I did solve the other problems I had by reinstalling gnome-applets and gnome-applets-panel. After this, I have rebooted many times and everything's back to normal. Thank you very much for your help.

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