How to Fix Missing Settings in Ubuntu on a GNOME Desktop Environment

Follow the basic steps to fix the missing settings option in Ubuntu or any distro that has a GNOME-based desktop environment.

When you try to find setting options, you will not find them in activities or even in the quick applet section, as shown below.

Missing settings in Ubuntu: Looking for setting option in Ubuntu and other derivatives
Looking for setting option in Ubuntu and other derivatives

This issue can occur if you accidentally remove gnome-control-center, or it may be some other issue with package conflicting and so on.

Whatever the issue is, you can easily restore the setting options in your GNOME desktop environment by following the below steps.

Steps to Bring Back the Missing Settings Option in the GNOME Desktop Environment

As I said earlier, this error occurs because of a missing gnome-control-center, so we will first install the control center, and if the setting option doesn’t show up in the quick applet, then you need to log out and login back in.

Step 01The first step is to open the terminal window with the shortcut (Ctrl + Alt + T) and execute the following command to update the system repository:

$ sudo apt update

Step 2Once the update process is over, execute the next line of command to install gnome-control-center and wait for it to finish.

$ sudo apt install gnome-control-center

Step 3Next, you need to look for the setting icon under the “Activities” section, or else you can also run the below command to bring up the settings screen.

$ gnome-control-center
Setting icon in GNOME Desktop Environment
Settings icon in the GNOME Desktop Environment

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If you are not finding setting options under the quick applet, then you may need to restart or just log out and log back in.

I’m sure that once you have followed the steps that I have shared here, you will find the missing settings back in Ubuntu or on any other GNOME-based distribution.

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Anyway, if you are still facing any difficulty, then do let us know in the comment section. 

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