Does anyone know how to fine tune power settings in 11.10 such that I can turn off the power immediately (no dialogue box) by pressing the physical power button or closing the lid? It was easy to do this in 11.04 and earlier versions, but in 11.10 the power settings are pretty minimal. I'm a bit of a GUI slave, so if this requires CLI I'll need some training wheels to guide me through it. Thanks for suggestions. My favourite thing about Ubuntu has always been the ease of customizing it, but with 11.10 it seems more and more difficult to point and click your way to a custom set up.
Lid Close Action
To set up the Laptop Lid Close Action you have to install Advanced Setting (or the Gnome Tweak Tool). It is in the USC (Ubuntu Software Center) under either tweak or Advanced Settings. If installed press the super button and type in tweak or advanced and choose the Advanced Settings. When it opens choose the shell tab;
Press the arrows and choose you desired on both on AC and on battery;
Default buttons behavior
Press alt+f2 and open dconf-editor (or in a terminal type dconf-editor)
Navigate to org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power and set your default button-power action there: