Ubuntu – How to delete/disable GNOME panels? (Existing solutions not working.)


I would like to remove the GNOME panel completely. I spend most of my time in a (tmux) terminal or a browser. Synapse and a small hidden AWN panel fit the rest of my needs.

I have tried all recommended solutions including this (found it a few places):

However it always comes back at log in. I have tried changing the required components > panel to avant-whatever as well as to empty. I have tried setting them both as default (right click set as default).

Right now I just have the last panel set to transparent and auto hide, but it still tends to be annoying.

What do I need to do to get rid of this damn thing?


Using gconf-editor, gconftool2, and/or Ubuntu tweak to set /desktop/gnome/session/required_component/panel to avant-window-navigator is not working. The setting stays when I reboot, but the empty gnome panel sticks around.

Best Answer

  • There's an explanation of how to replace gnome-panel with awn on the AWN FAQ

    If you have "Configuration Editor" (AKA gconf-editor) installed, run it and navigate to the key folder /desktop/gnome/session/required_components. Double-click on the key panel in the right-hand pane to edit it, and change the value to "avant-window-navigator" followed by the "OK" button. Alternatively, you can run the following command from the terminal:

    gconftool-2 --type=string --set /desktop/gnome/session/required_components/panel 'avant-window-navigator'

    I did this on my laptop the other day and it worked fine. As a side note, to bring gnome-panel back:

    gconftool-2 --type=string --set /desktop/gnome/session/required_components/panel 'gnome-panel'