Working with Windows

3.1. Opening New Windows

There are a three types of window you can open in Configuration Editor: Settings, Defaults, and Mandatory. What values Configuration Editor sets depends on what type of window you have open. You can open each type of window with the appropriate item under the File menu.

Since the settings in Defaults and Mandatory windows affect all users of the computer, only a system administrator can use these types of windows. To change your preferences, you should use the Settings window.


You can use the Settings window to set your personal preferences. Changes made in the Settings window only affect your desktop. You cannot change the settings that the system administrator has made mandatory.


If you are a system administrator, you can use the Defaults window to edit the default settings for all users. If a user does not set the value of a key explicitly, the value will be taken from the default settings. Users can always override the default settings.


If you are a system administrator, you can use the Mandatory window to edit the mandatory settings for all users. When a mandatory value is set for a key, users are not able to change that value. This can be used to lock down certain options.

3.2. Closing and Quitting

You can close a Configuration Editor window by selecting File ▸ Close Window in that window. To close all Configuration Editor windows and quit the application completely, select File ▸ Quit in any Configuration Editor window.