Common Desktop Environment: Style Guide and Certification Checklist

Front Panel and Subpanels

The Front Panel is the "control" panel for the desktop and usually appears at the bottom of the screen. Front Panel icons provide quick access to the user's most commonly used applications.

Figure 4-4 Partial screen shot of Front Panel with the Personal Applications subpanel open


The Front Panel also has subpanels of icons that can be accessed through the arrow buttons on the Front Panel. The concept of the subpanel is that it is an extension of that Front Panel icon. For example, Figure 3-4 shows the Personal Applications subpanel open. Users can add applications to this subpanel by dropping them on the Install drop site. Users can choose to promote icons in the subpanel to the Front Panel via the pop-up menu.