How do I get the Raspberry Pi Menu item back after upgrading to Raspberry Pi OS?

After the upgrade I had a "blank" Menu button which merged into the Panel.

  • same problem here.
    – Botspot
    May 30, 2020 at 15:45

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There is a rather confusing answer at https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=66&t=275473&p=1669223#p1669223

I wrote the following to restore the menu

cp /usr/share/icons/HighContrast/16x16/places/start-here.png /usr/share/icons/hicolor/16x16/apps/start-here.png
cp /usr/share/icons/HighContrast/22x22/places/start-here.png /usr/share/icons/hicolor/22x22/apps/start-here.png
cp /usr/share/icons/HighContrast/24x24/places/start-here.png /usr/share/icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/start-here.png
cp /usr/share/icons/HighContrast/32x32/places/start-here.png /usr/share/icons/hicolor/32x32/apps/start-here.png
cp /usr/share/icons/HighContrast/48x48/places/start-here.png /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/start-here.png
cd /usr/share/icons/hicolor
sudo gtk-update-icon-cache

Then right-click on the blank icon, select "Menu Settings" and enter "start-here" into the icon box.

NOTE this may be a user induced problem. During upgrade you would have seen the following prompt:-

The desktop has been updated. To apply the updates, please reboot your Pi, and then select one of the options on the Defaults page in Appearance Settings.

I you don't touch the Appearance Settings/Defaults you may not have a problem, although the upgrade changes a number of customised Appearance Settings, requiring corrections.


Thanks for posting!

I have had a similar problem:

Working on Raspberry Pi OS (32bit) on small Bluetooth keyboard. Clearly I have hit some wrong keys, as a blank panel appears!

Reading the link in your post gave me the solution to this problem!

Here are my instructions: [] Right-click on the blank panel, for a menu. [] On the menu that appears, select Add / Remove Panel Items. [] On the Panel Preferences window that appears select the Panel Applets tab. [] On that same Panel Preferences window select Add (on the right-side). [] From the menu that appears choose Menu. [] The word Menu should now appear in the list of added plugins. [] Select Menu (so it is highlighted). [] On that same Panel Preferences window select Preferences (on the right-side). (A menu appears - which is also shown in your linked instructions). [] Delete the text in the Icon field (box on right of Icon word). [] Type in that same box (field) the letters rpi. [] Type the number 4 in the Padding field (box). [] Click [OK].

Hope it works for you!

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