Hi all! Being encouraged to ask and knowing this is simple stuff for you old pros, I misunderstood "default". Some background I've been testing, trying, enjoying, and admittedly getting "frustrated" at times over "root lockdown", figuring out ways to get around it, various distros including the latest Ubuntu, Linux Mint (various flavors), Debian 7, and Fedora 18 on VMware player in Windows 7 Pro. I guess I could just have a backup copy of the virtual machine, but I'm wanting to learn and I learn best through my many mistakes. Well on Debian 7 I went into dconf Editor and started clicking a few "defaults", but the "defaults" didn't turn the upper panel indicators back to their normal original "default" install status, but totally eliminated them all and all I have is a black bar. There is no "undo" or "restore" that I can find in dconf Editor. I messed things up in Ubuntu messing around with dconf Editor. You'd think I'd learn.
But what is interesting is the changes that I click that I want to happen in dconf, via the editor, don't seem to happen but just the ones that sabotage me. I get the "sense" that there is another program above or "superior" to either gnome in my case or dconf that is not allowing the editor to make those changes but that is separate from my current problem and that is just "restoring" my desktop back to it's original install state.
Oh and I was not operating as a superuser or in root when I eliminated the content entirely from my gnome panel. I don't need "administrative privileges" to trash an operating system, just ask Bill Gates and all the times I've called them to reactivate Windows cuz if it ain't broke I'll tweak it until it is. Sucks being a "perfectionist" who is anything but... lol.