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I am giving Elementary OS a try but trying to configure it a bit I see lesser options than supposed in dconf-editor. Following this source, they should look like this:

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Mine look like this:

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So, I can neither follow the instructions from here.

Why is that?

Is this related to the latest release? A remedy?

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@terdon - there is no 'nautilus' entry in the latest elementary os config editor, that is why i cannot folow the steps. i have posted images with a lot of entries which are missing in my system. most of what i see in the images simply is not there anymore. the file manager is not (called) nautilus anymore. what i want is a lot: increase fonts, see invisible items, change themes, generally customizing – cipricus Sep 18 '13 at 19:27
@terdon: pantheon is the file manager. nor pantheon or nautilus are present in my dconfig-editor – cipricus Sep 18 '13 at 19:44
Sorry, can't help. The ElementaryOS guys have a very active irc channel with a nice web interface, if this is a recent thing you might have more luck there. If you do find a solution (and no one answers here) please consider coming back and posting an answer, it will be much appreciated. – terdon Sep 18 '13 at 19:48
@terdon - i will surely post answers to all my questions if possible. but i am not familiar with irc, cannot see an issue discussed under a certain page etc just hundred of users – cipricus Sep 18 '13 at 19:50
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I found a relevant question on the Elementary OS help pages, one of their moderators said that the current version cannot draw the Desktop and that the suggested workaround is to install nautilus and then activate the Desktop through the dconf-editor pretty much as you have attempted to do.

I presume that installing nautilus will make the relevant entry appear in dconf-editor. They have a nice howto here.

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thank you. i have stumbled into that answer myself, and i take your answer as a confirmation that this is the only way. i find nevertheless the absence of the default file manager in dconf very odd - a clue for the immature stage of this os, which i still like (somewhat less, is true). i trust this will change for the better. also, as i was trying to configure trough dconf-editor - now i know this is not altogether necessary: there is also 'elementary tweaks' - as i learned from here – cipricus Sep 26 '13 at 14:29

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