Not that you would ever muck them up, but just in case:

Get a terminal somehow (alt+F2 if you must). Type this in:

gconftool-2 –shutdown


gconftool –recursive-unset /apps/panel

(or, both if you like)


rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel

pkill gnome-panel

that sounds like a lot of violence and killing and stuff, but it should work. Both of your panels will reappear like magic. If not, go here and complain because this is where I learned it!


  1. #1 Neil
    October 9, 2010

    Way to turn an anecdote into a how-to 😉

  2. #2 gruebait
    October 9, 2010

    It seems that “Remove this panel” is often not what people actually wanted to do – but it’s so easy! 🙂

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  5. #5 Mike Haubrich
    April 11, 2012

    Or, you could do like I did and completely reinstall the OS.

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    April 11, 2012

    Hahaha… Windows habits die hard.

    BTW, Gnome Classic No Effects on login is the way to go if you accidentally install Unity.