Configuration Editor

This is an editor available for modifying various GNOME settings, which works in much the same way as editing a Windows registry. Most of the settings available are quite advanced, and it's possible to mess up programs, even GNOME itself, if you make the wrong changes. However, there are some benign uses for the program, such as specifying the icons that should or should not display on the desktop.

To run the editor, press Alt-F2, enter gconf-editor into the input field that pops up, and click Run. This will bring up the window shown in Figure 6-35, in which I have used the lefthand pane to drill down to apps ^ nautilus ^ desktop.

To the left of the Configuration Editor window, on the desktop, you can see half a dozen icons that are similar to those you might see on a Windows computer. I achieved this by right-clicking computer_icon_name and other keys within the righthand frame, and entering string values for these keys. Then I checked computer_icon_visible and the other checkboxes to enable their display on the desktop.

You can also decide whether mounted volumes should have icons displayed on the desktop by checking or unchecking volumes_visible.

There are also many other options available in this Nautilus section, and they are all fairly safe to experiment with. But I recommend you don't alter settings for other programs unless you know what you're doing.

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Configuration Editor - desktop

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Key name: /apps/nautilus/desktop/computerJcon_name Key owner: nautilus Short description: Desktop computer icon name Long description: This name can be set if you want a custom name for the computer icon on the desktop.

Key Documentation

Key name: /apps/nautilus/desktop/computerJcon_name Key owner: nautilus Short description: Desktop computer icon name Long description: This name can be set if you want a custom name for the computer icon on the desktop.

/apps/nautilu5/desktop/computer_icon_name

Figure 6-35. The Configuration Editor, in which a key is about to be edited

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