Edit Your GNOME Configuration

August 6, 2009 by
Filed under: gnome, HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

There are hundreds of settings you can configure in the GNOME Desktop Environment. For example, Nautilus is the default file manager in GNOME. Beside it's obvious use as a file manager, Nautilus also controls user interaction with desktop icons. Many of Nautilus' settings can be controlled through the Preferences menu. You can access this by opening a file manager and selecting Edit→Preferences.

There are many useful features that can be controlled through the aforementioned menu, however, there are some useful preferences that can't be accessed through the Nautilus menu. That's where the GNOME Configuration Editor comes in.

Install the GNOME Configuration Editor

If you're using Ubuntu, then this useful program is not installed by default. There are several ways to install it, but I'll use the terminal since it's easiest to document.

sudo apt-get install gconf-editor

You can now start the GNOME Configuration Editor through the menu with Applications→System Tools→Configuration Editor.

Change the Desktop Icons

One of the things you can change is which desktop icons will show up. Within the Configuration Editor navigate to /apps/nautilus/desktop. From this section you can choose to show the Computer Icon, your Home Icon, etc.

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GNOME Configuration Editor - Desktop

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What Else Can You Change?

The GNOME Configuration Editor is a powerful tool. Take a look around and see what else you can tweak.

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