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I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with Gnome 3.4.2. Changes I make in "gconf-editor" have no effect in Gnome, but they do when I load Gnome classic. For example, changing the order and position of caption buttons had no effect (they remained where they were), but when I logged out and entered Gnome classic, it changed. Also, suddenly, when I try to adjust font hinting (from "slight" to "full") in "advanced settings", nothing happens. I tried making changes both as a normal user and as root, both without luck.

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Thank you Rinzwind, dconf-editor did it. Caption buttons were easily changed by going to org>gnome>shell>overrides>button-layout. – user85256 Aug 24 '12 at 15:54
made it an answer @user8526 – Rinzwind Aug 24 '12 at 19:51

g-conf is being phased out. dconf-editor is the new gconf-editor.

Of course you can sudo apt-get install dconf-tools or click this button:

Install via the software center

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