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?


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

  • 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

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.