I was playing around with some settings, and now I need to reset GNOME to it's defaults - how do I do that?
For Unity-related configuration resetting, take a look here.
This command will delete your configuration files. Once it's run there is no going back!
Still with me?
Run the following in the terminal or Alt+F2:
That will do is remove all the GNOME2 configuration settings. Log out, and log back in. You'll be back to a stock desktop.
You can backup before playing around with your settings in the future:
If your config isn't worth saving run the following:
To back up for GNOME3:
If you want to reset your GNOME specific settings to default as if you had never logged in try
Fore me those directories were not sufficient - I had to delete ~/.config/dconf/user as well.
This helped for me in those two cases:
This corresponds to the Gnome 3 Fallback Mode I use on Linux Mint 12 Lisa (Oneiric based). But the GTK problem persisted in all other login modes as well (MATE, Gnome 3 Standard)!
I am unsure now to which mechanism the ~/.config/dconf/user file corresponds, as I found out that in Linux Mint only mateconf-editor is installed by default but outfitted with the title and icon of gconf-editor from Natty! After installing gconf-editor additionally, this one is titled identically but has a different (new) icon. But don't rely on this icon stories, because this will rely on the icon theme which is Mint-X-Dark for me.
Theory says that dconf is the successor for gconf, but I found no information regarding the GUIs.
Logout, switch to command line (Alt+ctrl+F1), login, do:
Just like they described it here: