How to reset the Gnome Desktop environment on Ubuntu 18.04

Gnome Desktop environment

If you moved too much in Gnome and can not use it. It should see in this article how to stop resetting the Gnome Desktop environment in Ubuntu 18.04.

Gnome is a very practical and even minimalistic environment. But this does not prevent the user from leaving it messy, after some time of use.


For this situation, one exit is to open a terminal and use the command dconf reset -f /org/gnome/. But not everyone trusts this or wants to use the terminal.

Another solution would be to use Gnome Tweaks, a utility that offers a “Reset to Defaults” option, which as its name says, resets the desktop theme, icons , fonts, shows desktop icons, and some application window settings.

How to reset the Gnome Desktop environment on Ubuntu 18.04

Follow these steps to reset the Gnome Desktop environment on Ubuntu 18.04:

Step 1: If your system does not already have Gnome Tweaks installed.

  1. Open Ubuntu Software and type gnome tweaks to locate it.
  2. When it appears, click on the program description.

Step 2: On the screen that appears

  1. Click the “Install” button to begin the application installation process. 
  2. When prompted, provide the password to authorize the installation.

Step 3: After completion of the installation

  1. click on “Activities” and enter gnome tweak
  2.  When the icon appears, click on it.

Step 4: Now that the Gnome Tweaks has been run

  1. Click on the “Settings” item that is in the Gnome panel. 
  2. In the menu that will be displayed, click on the “Restart to default values” option

At last

Your Gnome desktop environment has returned to its initial state. Check out everything is all right and avoid new clutter in it.