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My settings window currently looks like this:

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Obviously, a lot of items should be there and they aren't. They have been present before in XFCE and in Unity. I've seen other questions about losing System Settings completely, but both gnome-control-center and unity-desktop are completely installed and up to date on my system.

What files/permissions affect what appears here, how might I resolve this?

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This is very similar to what I have in gnome-control-center here on Xfce. You have a lot of settings in xfce4-settings-manager. But you are looking for restoring all the options in gnome-control-center, correct? – landroni Jan 17 '14 at 21:57
That's right. This is an old issue now (I'm not using xfce any more) but that was the nature of the problem I was having then. – asfallows Jan 17 '14 at 22:03
I never found a solution. – asfallows Jan 17 '14 at 22:03
Yes, this is a curious issue. I always assumed that things were missing because I didn't have much of Gnome installed. But maybe something else is wrong here. – landroni Jan 17 '14 at 22:08
Does the following address your issue:…? – landroni Jan 18 '14 at 9:01

I know this is an old answer, but I ran into it while googling the same issue -- you can restore items to the gnome-control-center or unity-control-center when under xfce by going to /usr/share/applications/ and editing the *-panel.desktop files, adding ";XFCE" to the "OnlyShowIn" line.

I recommend doing this for the gnome-bluetooth-panel.desktop and the gnome-datetime-panel.desktop files if you're using the indicator applet under XFCE -- it'll let you change bluetooth devices and the clock settings.

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