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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

Default Panel Objects

This section covers the panel objects that appear in the Oracle Solaris Desktop.

Window Selector Applet

You can view a list of all windows that are currently open. You can also choose a window to give focus to. To view the window list, click the Window Selector applet. The following figure shows an example of the Window Selector applet.

Figure 4-10 Window Selector Applet

image:Window Selector Applet

To give focus to a window, select the window from the Window Selector applet. The Window Selector lists the windows in all workspaces. The windows in all workspaces other than the current workspace are listed under a separator line.

Notification Area Applet

The Notification Area applet displays icons from various applications to indicate activity in the application. For example, when you use the CD Player application to play a CD, a CD icon is displayed in the Notification Area applet.


The menubar contains the Applications, Places, and System menus. You can access almost all of the standard applications, commands, and configuration options from the menubar. For more information about using the menubar, see Chapter 6, Using the Main Menubar.

Figure 4-11 Main Menubar

image:Main Menubar

Window List

The Window List applet enables you to manage the windows that are open on the Oracle Solaris Desktop. Window List uses a button to represent each window or group of windows that are open. The state of the buttons in the applet varies depending on the state of the window that the button represents. The following table describes the possible states of the Window List buttons.

Table 4-6 Window List Button States

The button is pressed in.
The window has focus.
The button appears faded. The button text is surrounded by square brackets.
The window is minimized.
The button is not pressed in, and is not faded.
The window is displayed on the desktop and is not minimized.
There is a number in parentheses at the end of the button title.
The button represents a group of buttons.


You can use the Window List to perform the following tasks:

You can change the order of the buttons by dragging a button to a different location on the Window List.


To configure the Window List, right-click the handle to the left of the window buttons, and then choose Preferences. The following preferences can be changed: