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I cannot access layers properties (i.e. change color, filter by query, anything). The mouse right click doesn't do anything.

Is there a way restoring qgis to default?

Ubuntu 12.04, QGIS 1.8

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could you access the layer properties before or did it not work for you from the start? –  Kurt Aug 22 '12 at 8:52
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if you need to restore QGIS settings under Linux just delete the ~/.qgis and ~/-config/QuantumGis folders –  Giovanni Manghi Aug 22 '12 at 9:32
    
Kurt - I could access it. it suddenly disappeared. Giovanni - Thanks, moving these two files away solved the problem out (though loosing many of customization...) –  OLS Aug 22 '12 at 13:04
    
Opss... I forgot to mention to backup that folders? :) –  Giovanni Manghi Aug 23 '12 at 8:22
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@GiovanniManghi please add that as an answer so it can be accepted and the thread closed –  underdark Aug 24 '12 at 19:35
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I had the same problem - I solved it as Tim mentioned:

I closed the layers panel and just enabled it again (in the view tab). Afterwards, it was working fine again. I think this started, when I was moving the layers panel, due to the use of an external monitor.

Best,

Ziga

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It is probably a symptom of something I encountered today where the layers panel was deactivated and the order panel activated after I restarted QGIS. In the order panel, everything looks like the layers panel but of course there are no context menus on legend items.

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This was the fix for myself. –  Vesanto Jan 23 at 14:13
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If you need to restore QGIS settings under Linux just delete the ~/.qgis and ~/-config/QuantumGis folders (backup them first if you have any particular setting you may not want to loose).

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