GNOME 2.8 Desktop User Guide

Sun GNOME Documentation Team

Sun Microsystems

This manual describes version 2.8 of the GNOME desktop.

Table of Contents

I. A Tour of the GNOME Desktop
1. Basic Skills
Mouse Skills
Mouse Button Conventions
Mouse Actions
Mouse Action Terminology
Mouse Pointers
Keyboard Skills
General Shortcut Keys
Window Shortcut Keys
Panel Shortcut Keys
Application Shortcut Keys
Access Keys
Using Windows
To Resize Panes
Using Tables
2. Overview of the GNOME Desktop
Introducing GNOME Desktop Components
To Create Panels
To Delete Panels
To Hide Panels
To Add Objects to Panels
To Manipulate Panel Objects
Types of Windows
To Manipulate Windows
To Give Focus to a Window
To Switch Between Workspaces
To Add Workspaces
File Manager
To Open Files from the File Manager
To Move Files Between Folders
Desktop and Desktop Objects
To Open Desktop Objects
To Add Objects to the Desktop
GNOME Desktop Preferences
To Find Out More
To Find Out More About GNOME Desktop Topics
To Find Out More About Applets
To Find Out More About Applications
3. GNOME Desktop Sessions
Starting a Session
To Log in to a Session
To Log in to a Session in a Different Language
To Lock Your Screen
Managing the Session
Defining Session Behavior When You Log In and Log Out
To Use Startup Applications
To Browse Applications in the Current Session
To Save Session Settings
Ending a Session
4. Working With Panels
Introducing Panels
Top Edge Panel
Bottom Edge Panel
Managing Your Panels
To Add a New Panel
To Interact With a Panel
To Move a Panel
To Hide a Panel
To Modify Panel Properties
To Delete a Panel
Panel Objects
Interacting With Panel Objects
To Add an Object to a Panel
To Modify the Properties of an Object
To Move a Panel Object
To Lock a Panel Object
To Remove a Panel Object
To Add an Applet to a Panel
To Select an Applet
To Modify Preferences for an Applet
To Add a Launcher to a Panel
To Modify the Properties of a Launcher
Force Quit Button
Lock Button
Log Out Button
Run Button
Screenshot Button
Search Button
Show Desktop Button
Notification Area Applet
To Open and Close a Drawer
To Add a Drawer to a Panel
To Add an Object to a Drawer
To Modify Drawer Properties
5. Working With Menus
Introduction to Menus
Menu Features
Menu Item Popup Menu
Applications Menu
Actions Menu
Using the Run Application Dialog
To Take a Screenshot
Main Menu
To Add a Main Menu to a Panel
Menu Bar
To Add a Menu Bar to a Panel
Customizing Your Menus
To Add a Menu
To Add a Launcher to a Menu
To Add a Launcher to an Empty Menu
To Copy a Launcher to a Menu
To Edit the Properties of a Menu
To Edit a Menu Item
To Delete an Item from a Menu
6. Working With Windows
Windows and Workspaces
Window Manager Behavior
Types of Window
Window Frames
Menus and Applets for Working With Windows and Workspaces
Window Menu
Window List Applet
Workspace Switcher Applet
Window Selector Applet
Manipulating Windows
To Give Focus to a Window
To Minimize a Window
To Maximize a Window
To Restore a Window
To Place a Window on Top of Other Windows
To Close a Window
To Resize a Window
To Move a Window
To Roll Up a Window
To Put a Window on All Workspaces
To Move a Window to Another Workspace
Manipulating Workspaces
To Switch Between Workspaces
To Add Workspaces
To Name Workspaces
To Delete Workspaces
7. Nautilus File Manager
Introduction to Nautilus File Manager
Browsing Your Files
File Browser Windows
File Browser Window Components
View Pane
Side Pane
To Show and Hide File Browser Window Components
To Display Your Home Folder
To Display a Folder
Using the Tree From the Side Pane
Using Your Navigation History
Viewing Files in a File Browser Window
To Bookmark Your Favorite Locations
Adding Notes to Files and Folders
Navigating Your Files and Folders as Objects
File Object Windows
To Display Your Home Location in a File Object Window
To Display a Folder
To Display a Parent Folder
To Display a Folder in a File Browser Window
Using the Start Here Location
Modifying the Appearance of Files and Folders
Icons and Emblems
To Add an Emblem to a File or Folder
To Add a New Emblem
To Change the Icon for a File or Folder
To Change the Size of Items in a View
Using Views to Display Your Files and Folders
Assigning Actions to Files
To Modify Actions
Customizing the File Manager
Setting Your Preferences
Changing Backgrounds
Opening Files
To Execute the Default Action
To Execute Non-Default Actions Using the Open With Submenu
To Execute Other Actions When Displaying a File
Navigating Your Computer
To Access an FTP Site
To Access Network Places
To Access Network Servers
Accessing Special URI Locations
Managing Your Files and Folders
Drag-and-Drop in the File Manager
To Select Files and Folders
To Move a File or Folder
To Copy a File or Folder
To Duplicate a File or Folder
To Create a Folder
Templates and Documents
To Rename a File or Folder
To Move a File or Folder to Trash
To Delete a File or Folder
To Create a Symbolic Link to a File or Folder
To View the Properties of a File or Folder
To Change Permissions
Using Trash
Using Removable Media
To Mount Media
To Display Media Contents
To Display Media Properties
To Format a Floppy Diskette
To Eject Media
Writing CDs
Running Scripts From the File Manager
8. Using Your Desktop
Introduction to the Desktop
Desktop Objects
To Select Objects on the Desktop
To Open an Object from the Desktop
To Add a Launcher to the Desktop
To Add a Symbolic Link to the Desktop
Adding a File or Folder to the Desktop
To Rename a Desktop Object
To Remove an Object from the Desktop
To Delete an Object from the Desktop
To View the Properties of a Desktop Object
To Change the Permissions of a Desktop Object
To Add an Emblem to a Desktop Object
To Add a Note to a Desktop Object
To Change the Icon for a Desktop Object
To Resize a Desktop Object Icon
Using Trash on the Desktop
To Display Trash
To Empty Trash
Using the Desktop Menu
Changing the Pattern or Color of the Desktop
9. Setting Session Sharing Preferences
II. Customizing Your GNOME Desktop
10. Starting Preference Tools
Starting a Preference Tool
Where to Find Preference Tools
11. Using Preference Tools
Setting Assistive Technology Preferences
Customizing the Desktop Background
Configuring a CD Database
Setting File Management Preferences
Configuring File Types and Programs
To Add a File Type
To Add a Service
Choosing Default Fonts
To Preview a Font
To Add a TrueType Font
Setting Your Login Photo
Configuring Your Network Proxy Connection
Configuring Keyboard Accessibility Options
Basic Preferences
Filter Preferences
Mouse Preferences
Configuring Keyboard Preferences
Keyboard Preferences
Typing Break Preferences
Keyboard Layout
Keyboard Layout Options
Customizing Menus and Toolbars in Applications
Setting Mouse Preferences
Buttons Preferences
Pointer Preferences
Motion Preferences
Customizing Your Panels
Choosing Your Preferred Applications
Web Browser Preferences
Email Client Preferences
Text Editor Preferences
Terminal Preferences
Setting Screen Resolution Preferences
Configuring Sessions
Setting Session Preferences
Setting Session Properties
Configuring Startup Applications
Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts
Setting Sound Preferences
General Sound Preferences
Sound Event Preferences
System Bell Settings
Customizing Themes
To Create a Custom Theme
To Install a New Theme
To Install a New Theme Option
To Delete a Theme Option
Previewing Themes
Customizing Windows

List of Tables

4.1. Lock Screen Menu Items
5.1. Menu Item Popup Menus
5.2. Actions Menu Commands
6.1. Window Frame Control Elements
6.2. Window Menu Commands and Submenus
6.3. Window Status Information on Window List Buttons
7.1. File Browser Window Components
7.2. Tree Tasks
7.3. Zoom Buttons
7.4. Views Preferences
7.5. File and Folder Behavior Preferences
7.6. Preview Preferences
7.7. Special URI Locations
7.8. Drag-and-Drop in the File Manager
7.9. Selecting Items in the File Manager
8.1. Functions of Default Desktop Objects
8.2. Types of Desktop Objects
8.3. Items on the Desktop Menu
9.1. Session Sharing Preferences
10.1. Location of Preference Tools in GNOME Desktop Menu Structure
11.1. Assistive Technology Preferences
11.2. Desktop Background Preferences
11.3. CD Database Preferences
11.4. Elements on File Types and Programs Preference Tool
11.5. Font Preferences
11.6. Internet Connection Preferences
11.7. Keyboard Accessibility Preferences
11.8. Filter Preferences
11.9. Mouse Preferences
11.10. Keyboard Preferences
11.11. Typing Break Preferences
11.12. Menu and Toolbar Preferences
11.13. Mouse Button Preferences
11.14. Mouse Pointer Preferences
11.15. Mouse Motion Preferences
11.16. Panel Preferences
11.17. Preferred Web Browser Preferences
11.18. Preferred Email Client Preferences
11.19. Preferred Text Editor Preferences
11.20. Preferred Terminal Preferences
11.21. Screen Resolution Preferences
11.22. Session Options
11.23. Session Properties
11.24. Startup Programs Preferences
11.25. Keyboard Shortcuts Preferences
11.26. General Sound Preferences
11.27. Sound Event Preferences
11.28. System Bell Preferences
11.29. Windows Preferences