GNome applications/menu Panel moved from Bottom to Top of the screen

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http://forums.opensuse.org – I suddenly find that my gnome applications panel would appear at the "top" of the screen instead of the "bottom" So I tried to drag/move it to bottom but I couldn't. So I right-click and check the Panel properties and I find the "Orientation" field set to the value "Top" and it was disabled. There was also a message ""Some of these properties are locked down" Since it was disabled I was unable to change to value back to bottom. I googled around to find the following links: Moving the locked top panel in Ubuntu/GNOME [gnome] Panel moves to top and won't go back to bottom - Page 2 - Ubuntu Forums Weird gnome-panel on restart - Ubuntu Forums So here's what I did to fix it. Open gconf-editor $ gconf-editor & Navigate to apps -> panel -> toplevels -> <paneltofix> -> orientation and change the value from "Top" to "Bottom" In my case the <paneltofix> is shown as "bottom_panel_screen0" (Distributions)