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I love the newest version of Ubuntu except for one thing: the control panel. It is is limited. Is there a way to get another program to access some of these "locked" settings? Thank you everyone for your time.

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This is a GNOME 3 change, and there is a utility named gnome-tweak-tool or "Advanced Settings" that you can install from the Ubuntu repositories.

You can also install ubuntu-tweak to access some unity configurations and other settings. Also you can install the dconf-editor to edit some hidden options of gnome and unity but it is only recommended if you know what are you doing:

sudo-apt-get install dconf-tools

and then in the alt+f2 menu or in a terminal type

dconf-editor
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Thank you so much for your response! That really helps. –  The Fish Feb 2 '12 at 18:34
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