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Old 04-05-2011, 10:40 AM   #1
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I lost my whole bottom panel cannot find anything that is minimized!

I first lost the workplace splitter box , then I tried to move something to a workspace and it got locked into opening every time i opened firefox,... I tried to fix that and because i have no idea what i am doing whatsoever i lost the whole bottom panel. I can hear music playing from two different minimized windows,... but cannot find them to close them.. Can not even see them!If you can help me I would so love that but remember i do not understand anything about this computer or Linux.So you will have to explain everything step by step.
Old 04-05-2011, 11:01 AM   #2
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So which desktop environment are you using? Kde, Gnome, LXde, Xfce? If you don't know just tell the distribution name and we'll guess.
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It would also help to know the window manager you are using.
Metacity, Compiz, Enlightenment, Fluxbox, etc.
Old 04-05-2011, 12:42 PM   #4
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I'll assume you're using GNOME since the icon that gets added to your post indicating which OS you were using when you posted says 'linuxubuntu' and GNOME is the default desktop environment for Ubuntu.

The anel applet that shows you a list of windows is called 'Window List'. If you right click on the panel you do have, and select 'Add to Panel...' you will see a list of panel applets. Find 'Window List', select it and click Add. That will add a Windows List applet to the panel you do have and you should now be able to see all your windows in there.

If you want to recreate the bottom panel, right click on the panel you do have and select 'New Panel'. A new panel will be added to your Desktop. If the panel doesn't get added at the bottom automatically, right click on it and select 'Properties'.

You could also get back the default panel configuration by deleting your panel configuration. To do this:

- Log out.
- Press ctrl-alt-f1 and log in there.
- Run these commands

$ cd .gconf/apps
$ rm -rf panel
$ exit
- Now press ctrl-alt--f7
- Log in and your panels should be recreated with the default settings.
Old 04-05-2011, 01:36 PM   #5
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You can also get to minimised windows by cycling through the active windows with Alt-Tab.
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