Chapter 5. Working With Menus

Actions Menu

The Actions menu contains commands that enable you to perform various tasks in the GNOME Desktop. Table 5.2, “Actions Menu Commands” describes the commands in the Actions menu.

Table 5.2. Actions Menu Commands

Menu Item

Function

Run Application

Opens the Run Application dialog. Use the Run Application dialog to run commands. For more information, see the section called “Using the Run Application Dialog”.

Search for Files

Starts the Search Tool application. For more information, see the Search Tool manual.

Recent Documents

Displays a submenu of the last ten files which you saved.

Take Screenshot

Takes a screenshot of the screen, and opens the Save Screenshot dialog. Use the Save Screenshot dialog to save the screenshot.

Lock Screen

Lock Screen locks your screen.

Log Out username

Logs you out of the current session.

The Actions menu resides in the following places:

  • Main Menu. The items in the Actions menu are at the top level of the Main Menu.

  • Menu Bar.

Using the Run Application Dialog

The Run Application dialog gives you access to the command line. When you run a command in the Run Application dialog, you cannot receive output from the command.

To run a command from the command line perform the following steps:

  1. Display the Run Application dialog. You can display the Run Application dialog in any of the following ways:

    • From any panel

      Add the Run button to a panel. Right-click on the panel, then choose Add to Panel->Actions->Run. Click on the Run button.

    • From the Main Menu

      Open the Main Menu, then choose Run Application.

    • From the Menu Bar

      Choose Actions->Run Application.

    • Use shortcut keys

      The default shortcut keys to display the Run Application dialog are Alt-F2. You can change the shortcut keys that display the Run Application dialog in the Keyboard Shortcuts preference tool.

    • From a menu item popup menu

      Right-click on an item in a menu, then choose Put into run dialog from the popup menu. The Run Application dialog opens with the command from the menu in the command field.

    The Run Application dialog is displayed.

  2. Enter the command that you want to run in the blank field.

    Alternatively, to choose a command that you ran previously, click the down arrow button beside the command field, then choose the command to run.

    Alternatively, select the Show list of known applications option to display a list of available applications.

    You can also use the Run with file button to choose a file to append to the command line. For example, you can enter emacs as the command, then choose a file to edit.

    Select the Run in terminal option to run the application or command in a terminal window. Choose this option for an application or command that does not create a window in which to run.

  3. Click on the Run button on the Run Application dialog.

To Take a Screenshot

You can take a screenshot in any of the following ways:

  • From any panel

    Add the Screenshot button to a panel. Right-click on the panel, then choose Add to Panel->Actions->Screenshot. Click on the Screenshot button to take a screenshot of the entire screen. Use the Save Screenshot dialog to save the screenshot.

  • Use shortcut keys

    To take a screenshot, use the following shortcut keys:

    Default Shortcut Keys

    Function

    Print Screen

    Takes a screenshot of the entire screen, and displays the Save Screenshot dialog. Use the Save Screenshot dialog to save the screenshot.

    Alt-Print Screen

    Takes a screenshot of the window to which the mouse points, and displays the Save Screenshot dialog. Use the Save Screenshot dialog to save the screenshot.

    You can use the Keyboard Shortcuts preference tool to modify the default shortcut keys.

  • From Menu Bar

    To take a screenshot of the entire screen, choose Actions->Take Screenshot. A Save Screenshot dialog is displayed. To save the screenshot, select the Save screenshot to file option. Enter the path and filename for the screenshot in the drop-down combination box. Alternatively, to save the screenshot to another directory, click Browse. When you select a directory, click OK.

    You can also save the screenshot to the desktop. To save the screenshot to the desktop, select the Save screenshot to desktop option.

    You can also save the screenshot to a web page. To save the screenshot to a web page, select the Save screenshot to web page option.

  • Use a command

    You can use the gnome-panel-screenshot command to take a screenshot. The gnome-panel-screenshot command takes a screenshot of the entire screen, and displays the Save Screenshot dialog. Use the Save Screenshot dialog to save the screenshot.

    You can also use options on the gnome-panel-screenshot command as follows:

    Option

    Function

    --window

    Takes a screenshot of the window that has focus, and displays the Save Screenshot dialog. Use the Save Screenshot dialog to save the screenshot.

    --delay=seconds

    Takes a screenshot after the specified number of seconds, and displays the Save Screenshot dialog. Use the Save Screenshot dialog to save the screenshot.

    --help

    Displays the options for the command.