How to reset Gnome desktop settings to default settings

If you have gone too far in customizing the Gnome desktop, have problems, etc., and you want to reset the Gnome desktop settings, please do as follows.

A. Use Gnome Tweaks (GUI) to reset some Gnome settings to default settings

You can easily reset some Gnome settings using Gnome Tweaks. The application can reset Gtk, icon and cursor theme, font settings, window button customization settings, etc. to default values. Basically, it resets most of what is shown in its options.
Enabled extensions and their settings (they will stay the same after adjusting with Gnome) will not reset anything Reset to Defaults Options), and any applications you may have added to the launch using Gnome Tweaks.
Gnome Tweaks will not reset other Gnome settings, such as those in System Settings. If you need to reset again, see below.
If you don’t have Gnome Tweaks installed, you can install it using the following command:

  • Fedora:
sudo dnf install gnome-tweaks
sudo apt install gnome-tweaks
  • Ubuntu version is earlier than 18.04 (16.04, etc.), Debian is earlier than buster:
sudo apt install gnome-tweaks-tool

To reset the “Gnome” settings present in the “Tweaks” application to the default settings, launch “Tweaks” and click in their “Gnome” menu Reset to Defaults:Gnome Tweaks reset settings to defaultEDIT: In newer GNOME Shell versions, Reset to Defaults The item is in a new menu, which can be accessed from the hamburger icon in the Tweaks application window:GNOME tweaks reset settings to default settingsAfter that, you need to restart the session, so log out and log in.
If you suspect that some extensions are causing the problem, you can use another menu item here Disable All Shell Extensions. After using this feature, you can enable the enabled extensions one by one and then see what caused the problem. You might like: How to completely disable Tracker, GNOME’s file indexing and search tools

B. Reset all Gnome settings stored in / org / gnome / (from the command line)

It is best to perform a backup before using the dconf reset command. You can do this by creating ~/.config/dconf/user File, if you want to undo your changes, restore it later (remember, if you restore this file, restart your session). Not only can you reset the settings exposed in Gnome Tweaks, but you can also store their dconf settings from “System Settings” in /org/gnome/And other Gnome settings by using the following command:

dconf reset -f /org/gnome/

After running the command, you will need to restart the session (logout / login).
This command resets all dconf settings /org/gnome/, Including Gtk theme, icon theme, wallpaper, power settings, mouse settings, custom keyboard shortcuts and other desktop settings. This will also disable all non-default Gnome Shell extensions and reset all Shell extension settings stored using dconf to default values.
This command not only resets the Gnome desktop settings, but also resets any applications that use dconf to store their settings /org/gnome/, Such as Gnome Terminal, File, Weather, Software, Rhythmbox, Disk, Evolution, Gthumb, etc. Some applications (third-party applications) do not use dconf / GSettings for settings, so these settings are not reset-including Google Chrome, Chromium, Opera, Vivaldi and Firefox, VirtualBox, etc.


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