Dang- I get tired of feeling like a newb...
I used Software Manager to install wbar. Didn't show up in the menu. Navigated to user/bin to find executable and started it. Shows up hidden under the "taskbar" at the bottom. I tried to edit the dot.bar file in user/share/wbar to change the position to the top. Can't save or change the permissions to save.
Downloaded the .deb file and installed wbar_util. It couldn't find the dot.bar file. Navigated to dot.bar file in user/share/wbar. Opened fine. Made changes to position, checked box for startup option, and deleted a couple items under launchers. Saved the file.
Rebooted and wbar doesn't start. Manual restart of wbar leads to no change in position and same items in launcher. If I open wbar_util it prompts me to open a valid config file or create a new one as before. In other words I'm still at square one.
I'm sure the problem is totally obvious to others, and I have searched around. Even tried another config ute. Suggestions please!