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I have a fresh install of Karmic Koala. In a botched attempt at trying to change my default window manager, I somehow removed at least three applets from the notification area: network manager (nm-applet), volume control (gnome-volume-control-applet), and the battery meter (???). Now if I logout and back in, these applets don't run, but I can start them from the command line.

Because it's a fresh install, I completely removed my luser account and home directory. After recreating my account, I was frustrated to find that the applets are still missing and no obvious way to add them back.

How can I restore the default configuration?

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The panel configuration is stored in gconf. Try these commands:

gconftool --recursive-unset /apps/panel
rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel
pkill gnome-panel

Hat-tip http://www.watchingthenet.com/restore-panels-in-ubuntu-back-to-their-default-settings.html

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No dice. I even tried logging out and back in, but I still got the mostly empty notification area. – Greg Bacon Apr 9 '10 at 21:33

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