I love the newest version of Ubuntu except for one thing: the control panel. It is is limited. Is there a way to get another program to access some of these "locked" settings? Thank you everyone for your time.
This is a GNOME 3 change, and there is a utility named
gnome-tweak-tool or "Advanced Settings" that you can install from the Ubuntu repositories.
You can also install ubuntu-tweak to access some unity configurations and other settings. Also you can install the dconf-editor to edit some hidden options of gnome and unity but it is only recommended if you know what are you doing:
sudo-apt-get install dconf-tools
and then in the alt+f2 menu or in a terminal type