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How to reset the Ubuntu desktop to its original state with a simple command

If you use any version of Ubuntu from 17.04 onwards, you can use this little trick to restore the desktop settings to those that come by default. Something relatively similar to that option offered by Windows 10 to restore a computer in case of problems.

Now, in Ubuntu we can do it through a command. This works with Unity, with GNOME Shell, and also with MATE , in case you use the distribution with any of those environments.

If you open the terminal and execute this command, several things can happen:

  • The desktop is reset to its original state
  • The applications that were anchored to the dock disappear, like the indicators
  • Monitor resolution settings are changed
  • Custom keyboard shortcuts are erased
  • Typography, icon theme and GTK theme are restored to default
  • The behavior of the launcher is restored
  • The settings of any application that uses dconf to store them are reset
  • It could restore the settings of some libraries, delete user accounts, disable plugins or log out of online services

We have tested it in the latest beta of Ubuntu 17.10 . Now, if you are sure you want to do all this, you can proceed to write the command in your console:

dconf reset -f /

Keep in mind that applications that do not use dconf for their settings, such as Chrome, for example, will not be affected by the execution of the command. Neither will the controllers, nor versions of the Linux kernel, nor GRUB.

This command mainly does is to return your desktop to its original state. It is perfect if you have customized many aspects of this and are experiencing problems. It will not uninstall programs, or change your apps by default .


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