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How to restore default GNOME Panels in Ubuntu

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So you’ve removed a desktop panel you wished you hadn’t, ditched an applet you now realised you were quite fond of or you just long for the halcyon days when your desktop panels were all neat and tidy like a fresh install, right?

This script from is there to help.

restore gnome panels to defaults

It allows you to restore default panel settings and save a snapshot of your current panel set-up to restore from at a later date.


Download the following archive, save it somewhere accessible, locate it, right click on it and choose ‘Extract here’. Double-click on the’’ script that results to run.

Download panel restore

Thanks to Vishnu