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After installing elementary OS the system ran fine at first, but after I restarted my computer today the top menu bar called WingPanel has gone.

Is there any way to get it back?

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If you have, by any chance, tried to install Synapse / indicator-search then this could be the reason as some versions are known to break WingPanel.

You should be able to uninstall it by typing (in Terminal):

sudo apt-get remove indicator-synapse

Restart and check if it has any effect.

If yes and you added a PPA just for this, you should also remove the PPA.

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