Ubuntu: How do I reset my unity configuration on 15.04?


I've been googling many answers to this question, such as the various suggestions up and down https://askubuntu.com/a/202020/99436, and none of them are working for me. They might work for you. They don't work for me. The system blinks, icons on the launcher appear and dissapear, and I have to log in again - after that, it's still borked, just like before. I'm up to date as per

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade   

Unity Tweak Tool is basically not functional. As I change settings, maybe 1 in 5 of them actually do anything. Clicking reset on individual pages doesn't reset anything (nothing actually changes on the screen, or in the system).

I've lost all the icons on the bar across the top of the screen - no network, sound, clock, username, the little cog. There's nothing up there. it's just grey. No amount of unity tweak resets brings them back for my user. They are all there and working on the logon screen. But for my user? Nothing.

Can I reset everything to how it was before I installed the horrible system trashing unity tweak tool? it's really frustrating that all the previous "reset" tools have been slowly removed, or that to reset one app I have to install and run some other app.


I had the same problem. This question is rather old, but still, here is the solution that worked for me:

To reset the the configuration run this:

dconf reset -f /org/compiz/  

Than, to reset unity run:

setsid unity  



If you are wondering as I was, this is what setsid is doing: http://linux.die.net/man/2/setsid


Try a full reinstall, open terminal and run these commands one at a time

sudo apt-get update  sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop  sudo apt-get install unity  


None of the above answers worked.

I managed to truly hose my Unity configuration with unity-tweak-tool, and all it does is change values in the user's dconf config.

Just do the following, no sudo or apt or dumbledorfing required:

$ rm ~/.conf/dconf/user  $ unity  


You can reset Unity, wiping all changes to configuration using Unity Tweak Tool.

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool  unity-tweak-tool --reset-unity  


To reset unity in a terminal type: unity --reset


This works for me for ubuntu vivid (15.04):

killall unity-panel-service  

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