# Dconf editor can't make changes to Unity panel/launcher

I've been trying to add stuff to the panel and to change the order of the icons in the launcher but there's no effect. It's like the changes aren't saved. I change something, close dconf editor, lock out and back in again and nothing changed.

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Those preferences are still stored in GConf (which can be edited using the gconf-editor program). The settings you are probably interested in are found under /apps/compiz-1/plugins/unityshell/screen0/options.
Alternatively, you can use the compizconfig-settings-manager to get a slightly more structured view of the plugin settings.