Solaris Common Desktop Environment: User's Guide

Front Panel Elements

The Front Panel comprises the Main Panel (displayed by default) and several subpanels that roll-up when you click their tab on the main panel.

Figure 4-1 Main Panel and an Open Subpanel


Main Panel

The central area of the Main Panel, called the workspace switch, enables you to display other workspaces, run actions, lock the display and log out.


Above each control on the main panel is a tab marked with a triangle. Clicking this tab displays the subpanel, whose name is indicated on its title bar.

Subpanels contain:

The Workspace Switch

The workspace switch contains the buttons you use to change from one workspace to another, and other controls. You can rename a workspace by clicking its button and editing the name text.


Each workspace occupies the entire display, as though your display has several layers. Workspaces effectively expand the amount of display area available on your desktop.