Quick tip: repair the Ubuntu panel
Last week I was updating Ubuntu. At the same time I tried to install some new Controls theme. Ended up with mess in the main Ubuntu panel, wondering how it happened and how will I recreate its previous stage.
The thing was I lost the switch button, session button, email button and volume control on the right side of the panel. Have a look at the screenshots:
…and after some weird magic…
At first, I tried to add missing components to the panel, but couldn’t find them in the list… Well, I didn’t even know their original names. So can Google help me to put me from my misery? After a few minutes on Internet I found out I’m not the only one with this problem, but offered solutions didn’t help. No matter how I tried – restarting panel, some tweak through terminal commands, restarting computer…
I told myself “but those are just components, add-ons and such can be added and removed to panel without a problem”. I tried again – and succeeded! The trick was to add “Indicator Applet” (volume control, email/chat control) and “Indicator Applet Session” (session, account control).
Here is the procedure on how did I manage to recreate the original Ubuntu panel finally:
Unlock the Notification Area and Clock by right click on these items and unchecking “Lock To Panel” option. (With Notification Area you have to right click the left edge to bring up the context menu.)
Bring up the list of panel add-ons by right click on empty space of the panel and selecting “Add to Panel…”
Add “Indicator Applet” and “Indicator Applet Session“.
Move the 2 newly added applets as you want them and lock the positions of all add-ons (right click on add-on and check “Lock To Panel” option).
You are done!