Part I. A Tour of the GNOME Desktop

Chapter 5. Working With Menus

This chapter describes how to use menus in the GNOME Desktop.

Introduction to Menus

You can access all GNOME Desktop functions through menus. The panels contains menus, so you can use a combination of menus and panels to perform your tasks. You can perform various actions on your menus, such as copy menu items to panels.

You can access the following menus in the GNOME Desktop:

  • Main Menu: You can access the items in the Applications menu from the Main Menu. You can have many Main Menu buttons in your panels. You can also access the items in the Actions menu from the Main Menu. The items in the Actions menu are at the top level of the Main Menu.

  • Menu Bar: You can access the items in the Applications and Actions menus from Menu Bar. You can have many Menu Bar applets in your panels.

  • Applications menu: You can access many of your applications, commands, and configuration options from the Applications menu. You can also access the GNOME Desktop preference tools from the Applications menu.

  • Actions menu: You can access commands that enable you to perform various tasks from the Actions menu. For example, you can start the Search Tool application, or log out of the GNOME Desktop.

You can also right-click on the desktop to open the Desktop menu. The Desktop menu enables you to perform desktop-related tasks.

All of these menus provide you with multiple ways to perform your tasks, and enable you to work in the way that you prefer.