Finding Advanced Settings on GNOME

If you ever find yourself looking to tweak your features to the pixel, you will find that GNOME does not offer the configuration option in its standard preference dialogs. Fear not, because GNOME has a tool that lets you tweak every option of your desktop until your head explodes.

This tool is called GConf Editor. You can run it on a standard GNOME desktop by pressing Alt+F2 and typing gconf-editor. The window that opens would remind many users of the dreaded Registry from Windows, however the key difference here is that GConf only stores settings usually hidden from view on main applications.

Using the editor is pretty simple. Just highlight a key (folder) and you will see some available options for it. For example, to show the Home icon on the desktop using Nautilus, navigate to apps > nautilus > desktop and check the home_icon_visible box. The icon should appear on your desktop immediately.

There are thousands of other settings to tweak in GConf, so stop listening to me and start editing!

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Jacob is a web developer, student, and programmer from Ohio. He is a staff member at the Ubuntu Forums and is most likely a fanboy of the distribution. He loves to write in code and words, play video games, and rant about topics most would have abandoned long ago. Jacob uses GNOME and is never seen running stable software, much to the demise of his laptop.

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  1. # Posted on 08 February 2008 at 03:30 PM

    [...] Woah now, you can change the order of the buttons? Yes, with a little help from GConf. [...]

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