New Ubuntu users often accidentally delete their Ubuntu Panels. Unfortunately the process to restore the panel entails convoluted commands. However, there is an easier way to restore the panel using a GUI based software.
Panel Restore, is an application that saves the state of your Ubuntu Gnome Panel, and allows restoring it later. In this post there are instructions to restore your Gnome Panel from command line and by using this software.
First of all lets start with the command line that you can use to get your deleted panel back to its default form. This also includes bringing back a deleted panel. Open the Terminal from Applications –> Accessories and enter the following command:
sudo apt-get install gconf2
Enter your password, followed by the following commands:
gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /apps/panel rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel pkill gnome-panel
This will restore your Gnome Panel back to the default form and even recover a deleted panel.
Another easier solution is to use the Panel Restore application.
Simply download and extract the zip file from the developers website, double click on the extracted Panel.sh file and choose Run to launch this portable application.
After that, select Save Gnome Panel Settings and click OK. A prompt will show up asking you to choose a folder to save the XML file.
If you ever wish to restore the saved state of the Panel, run Panel.sh file, select Restore Panel Settings, click OK and choose the formerly saved XML file. This will restore the Panel to its previous state. If you would like to simply restore the panel to a default state, choose Restore Default Panel Settings option.
You can download Save Panel Restore application from the download link given below.