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The power status dropdown widget in ubuntu 9.04 disappeared. I'm referring to the one in the corner which (when pidgin is installed) displays user status, and has a dropdown to shut down, suspend, hibernate, etc. The system menu still contains commands to do this, but I'd prefer to use the dropdown in the corner.

How can I get it back?

Edit: The fix was to reset the panels with this command:

gconftool-2 --shutdown && rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel && pkill gnome-panel
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If this is the little battery icon, it is kept in the 'Notification area'.
Right-click the upper panel, select 'Add to Panel' and then add 'Notification area'.

As a last resort you could try reseting the panels completely as shown in this question.

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I tried adding a notification area, and it added an empty widget to the panel. I can see the handle, but there doesn't seem to be anything IN the thing I added. Any idea why? – Paul McMillan Jul 24 '09 at 2:08
Strange... If I add a second notification area, it does what you describe in your comment but if I then delete the 'live' one the icons jump to the previously empty one :¬/ ??? – pelms Jul 24 '09 at 20:43
Sweet! The reset command from that other thread did the trick. – Paul McMillan Jul 24 '09 at 21:19

Right click on menu bar. Click on Add to panel and add whichever buttons you need

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None of the items in that list seem to be the widget I'm missing. – Paul McMillan Jul 24 '09 at 2:07

The thing you want to add is the "battery charge monitor" right at the top of the list. Keep in mind though that it can be set to not display itself when the laptop isn't running on battery power.

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My battery charge monitor is perfectly visible. This is the login/logout dropdown menu. – Paul McMillan Jul 24 '09 at 21:15

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