I installed Linux Mint 14 with the MATE desktop environment. I decided that I really wanted to try Cinnamon. When I installed Cinnamon I lost the panels, menu and alt+f2 doesn't work. One good thing is docky continued to work and I had terminal in docky. Reading a few forums I was able to uninstall and remove Cinnamon and go back to MATE but I don't have the panel,menu or alt+f2 function. I tried removing the hidden folders as one post suggested, etc., nothing is working. Is there a way to simply reinstall mate fresh without loosing everything?
Thanks for the help!