Reloading the $PATH from the GUI terminal

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – First off my machine is running Fedora 16 x64 I am trying to figure out why I can not get my GUI terminal window to refresh the path. I recently added a new location to the path (in .bash_profile), after closing the GUI terminal and reopenning it, the new location is still not showing. When I go to tty2 the new path is listed. I closed the gui terminal and reopened again to find the new path entry still is not in the path being used. I did not reboot but I am trying to 1) avoid rebooting and 2) figure out what I need to do so that I do not run into this problem again. Thanks! (HowTos)