Chapter 8. Using Your Desktop

Changing the Pattern or Color of the Desktop

You can change the pattern or color of the desktop background to suit your preferences. The file manager includes background patterns and colors that you can use to change the look-and-feel of the desktop background.

You can change the pattern or color of the desktop background in any of the following ways:

  • Drag a pattern or color from another window or dialog to the desktop.

    If your desktop background is a color, you can create a gradient effect from a color into the desktop background color. A gradient effect is a visual effect where one color blends gradually into another color. To create a gradient effect on your desktop background, drag a color to one of the edges of the screen. The color blends from the edge to which you drag the color, to the opposite edge of the screen.

    Before you drag a color to a screen edge, check if there is an edge panel on the screen edge. If there is an edge panel on the screen edge, you must hide the panel before you drag the color.

  • Use the Desktop Background preference tool.

  • Choose a pattern or color for the background from the Background Preferences dialog. To change the pattern or color of the desktop background, perform the following steps:

    1. Open a file manager window.

    2. Choose Edit->Backgrounds and Emblems. The Backgrounds and Emblems dialog is displayed.

    3. To display a list of patterns that you can use, click on the Patterns button. To display a list of the colors that you can use, click on the Colors button.

    4. To change the desktop background to a pattern, drag the pattern to the desktop background. To change the desktop background to a color, drag the color to the desktop background.

    5. Click Close to close the dialog.