Solaris Common Desktop Environment: User's Guide

CDE Desktop

The CDE desktop comprises a Front Panel sitting over a selected workspace, or screen background. The Front Panel displays information about your workstation, and enables you to run applications, to log out, and to switch between workspaces. Applications that are running are represented by windows and icons on the workspace. You can also run commands from a Workspace menu, which is displayed when you click mouse button 3 on an unused part of the workspace backdrop.

Front Panel

The Front Panel (see Chapter 4, Using the Front Panel) is a collection of frequently used controls and desktop services available in every workspace.


Workspaces are like separate screens or desktops. You can only display one workspace at a time, but applications in all workspaces can run simultaneously.

By default, four workspaces named One through Four are available. To display another workspace, you click its button in the workspace switch in the center of the Front Panel.

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You can specify whether an application is displayed on one or all workspaces by clicking mouse button 3 on its window frame and selecting an item from the pop-up menu.

Workspace Menu

When you click mouse button 3 on an unused area of a workspace, the Workspace menu (see Figure 1-1) is displayed. It includes items on the Front Panel and Application Manager. Most applications are on the Applications menu.