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Oracle Solaris 11 User's Guide for the GNOME Desktop     Oracle Solaris 11 Information Library
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1.  Getting Started With the Desktop

2.  Using the Desktop Windows

3.  Using the Desktop Workspaces

4.  Using the Desktop Panels

Panel Overview

Top Edge Panel

Bottom Edge Panel

Managing Panels

Moving a Panel

Hiding a Panel

Adding a New Panel

Deleting a Panel

Setting Panel Properties

About the General Properties Tab

About the Background Properties Tab

Panel Objects

Interacting With Panel Objects

Selecting an Applet

Adding an Object to a Panel

How to Add an Object to a Panel

Modifying the Properties of an Object

How to Modify the Properties of an Object

Moving a Panel Object

How to Move a Panel Object

Locking a Panel Object

Removing a Panel Object



Adding a Launcher to a Panel

How to add a launcher to a panel from the panel pop-up menu

How to Add a Launcher to a Panel From a Menu

How to Add a Launcher to a Panel From the File Manager

Modifying a Launcher

How to Modify the Launcher Properties

Launcher Properties

Launcher Commands and Locations


Force Quit

Lock Screen

Log Out



Show Desktop


How to Add a Menubar or Main menu to a Panel

How to Add a Submenu to a Panel


How to Add a Menu as a Drawer to a Panel

How to Add an Object to a Drawer

How to Modify Drawer Properties

Default Panel Objects

Window Selector Applet

Notification Area Applet


Window List



5.  Using the Desktop Applications

6.  Using the Main Menubar

7.  Using the File Manager

8.  Using the Desktop Tools and Utilities

9.  Configuring the Desktop

A.  Using the Mouse

B.  Using the Keyboard

Managing Panels

To interact with a panel, click a vacant space on the panel rather than on any of the objects it holds. If the hide buttons are visible on the panel, you can also middle-click or right-click one of them to select the panel.

For more information about how to set a panel's properties, see Setting Panel Properties.

Moving a Panel

To move a panel to another side of the screen, press and hold ALT and drag the panel to its new location. Click any vacant space on the panel to begin the drag.

A panel that is not set to expand to the full width of the screen can be dragged away from the edge of the screen and placed anywhere.

Hiding a Panel

You can hide or show a panel if it has hide buttons. If the hide buttons are not visible on a panel, modify the panel properties so that the hide buttons are visible.

Hide buttons are at the either end of a panel. The hide buttons contain an optional arrow icon. The below figure shows the hide buttons.

Figure 4-1 Hide Buttons on a Panel

image:Hide Buttons on a Panel

To hide a panel, click one of the hide buttons. The panel shrinks in the direction of the arrow on the hide button. The hide button at the other end of the panel remains visible.

To show a hidden panel again, click the visible hide button. The panel expands in the direction of the arrow on the hide button.

You can set a panel to autohide so that the panel hides automatically when the mouse is not pointing to the panel. The panel reappears when you point to the part of the screen where the panel resides.

Adding a New Panel

To add a panel, right-click a vacant space on any panel, then choose New Panel. The new panel is added to the Oracle Solaris Desktop and has no objects. You can also customize the new panel.

Deleting a Panel

To delete a panel from the Oracle Solaris Desktop, right-click the panel that you want to delete, and then choose Delete This Panel.

Note - You must always have at least one panel in the Oracle Solaris Desktop. If you have only one panel in the Oracle Solaris Desktop, you cannot delete that panel.