Lost Part of my Panel [Solved but still discussing]

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Lost Part of my Panel [Solved but still discussing]

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Normally, when I hover over an icon on the panel, I get a popup saying what the icon is for. In the case of the files folder icon, hovering over the icon will raise a popup that shows which folders are open and I can choose which one to maximize. Every now and then, I lose the ability to get that popup when hovering over the icon. This is a problem when I have multiple files open because I then can't choose which folder to maximize or minimize. Restarting Mint will correct this (for a while).

This happen a little while ago when I had two folders maximized on the screen but I needed to access a third folder so I tried hovering over the Files icon. No joy. Not wanting to restart the computer, I right clicked on the Files icon, saw a selection to turn of file groupings and clicked on it. Oopsie, I lost all the icons on the left region of the panel and I can't figure out how to get them back. Opening a program doesn't put an icon on the panel. If I minimize the program menu, it's still running but I can't get it to maximize again. I can't even move icons from the right region of the panel to the left region, even if I enable panel editing since there is no left region anymore.

First, how can I get the left region and its icons back?

Second, how can I fix the disappearing popups?
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Re: Lost Part of my Panel

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It would help to know what version of Mint you are using.
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Sorry. I'm using Mint Cinnamon 19.3.

Btw, I tried restoring to the previous snapshot in Timeshift. No joy.
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It would be because how Timeshift is configured. By default it won't restore personal settings. It can be configured to restore personal settings if set like pic at bottom of post.
You could try right clicking the panel>Troubleshoot>Restart Cinnamon. It will clean it to resemble just after installing Cinnamon.
Timeshift set to restore user settings:
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LanceM wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:51 pm
It would be because how Timeshift is configured. By default it won't restore personal settings. It can be configured to restore personal settings if set like pic at bottom of post.
You could try right clicking the panel>Troubleshoot>Restart Cinnamon. It will clean it to resemble just after installing Cinnamon.
Timeshift set to restore user settings:
Ignores-Data-In-Home.jpg
I tried restarting Cinnamon as instructed. No joy; still no left panel region.

If I set Timeshift as you have shown, would it also include data on /home? I have /home on its own partition.
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Your data will be left alone. Matters not if on separate drive or partition. Your personal settings are hidden in the home directory, so they get included in the snapshot. If you use Thunderbird you might loose some emails if you reverted. There are filters in Timeshift you can set to ignore certain files. Overall it's a great setting because it can fix most user twiddling mistakes.
For your issue you can try this in the Terminal to reset some Cinnamon defaults:

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dconf reset -f /
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The left region is back! Woohoo! I'll have to restore the icons and settings but that not a big deal; just a trifle tedious. I'll just chalk it up to being a learning experience. Thanks for your help!

Also, thanks for telling me how to backup my settings with Timeshift! I'll check it out after I finish my current "job" and get the panel sorted out.
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Please mark it as solved. Glad to help.
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Re: Lost Part of my Panel [Solved]

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The easy way to fix have fixed you losing the Grouped Window List would have been to Right click on the panel > Applets > and then Add the grouped Window List back to the panel.

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If it start's misbehaving in use the easiest fix on Cinnamon 4.4 and later is to is to right click on a Grouped Window List icon > Preferences > Configure > Hamburger > Reload

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Re: Lost Part of my Panel [Solved]

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smurphos wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:33 am
The easy way to fix have fixed you losing the Grouped Window List would have been to Right click on the panel > Applets > and then Add the grouped Window List back to the panel...

If it start's misbehaving in use the easiest fix on Cinnamon 4.4 and later is to is to right click on a Grouped Window List icon > Preferences > Configure > Hamburger > Reload...
Thanks for the info! I've already fixed it the "fun" way but I will keep this in mind should I mess up again (perish forbid!). One dumb question, though. One of the screens has a button for Group Windows by Application. If I turn that off, will that just make each window in an application have its own icon on the panel or will it just mess me up again?
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Re: Lost Part of my Panel [Solved but still discussing]

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Re: Lost Part of my Panel [Solved but still discussing]

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Yep that basically makes the Grouped Window List act like the traditional Window List applet + Pinned Apps - each instance of an app will have a separate icon.
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Re: Lost Part of my Panel [Solved but still discussing]

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Thank you!
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