Okay, I did the whole shebang according those tutorials; used mateconf-editor to change marco to compiz, used gconf-editor to change theme to mint-x (already was), turned on Window Decoration and Application Switcher, changed start-up list to compiz --replace. Re-booted and Compiz goes on alright except no buttons (and Workplace Switcher still mixed up). This non-techie hunted each feature in Compiz Config Settings Manager and can't find anything that's titled or has anything to do with buttons. If it's a missing plug-ins thing I wouldn't know and the tutorials don't delve into that. It must be a very simple switch overlooked somewhere. Wish they offered a precise checklist of what to look for and turn on to make this go. I'm even wondering whether it's because I've a panel toolbar on both top and bottom of my screen or my XFCE configs are messing things up! If I knew exactly what controls or affects button enabling I might have a chance tracking this down. Any hints? Thanks!
Jim in NYC