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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

Panel Objects

This section describes the objects that you can add to and use from your panels.

Interacting With Panel Objects

Use the mouse buttons to interact with a panel object in the following ways:

Selecting an Applet

Some restrictions apply on where you can click an applet to display the panel object pop-up menu, or to move the applet. Some applets have areas that you cannot use to select the applet. For example, the Command Line applet has a field in which you enter commands. You cannot middle-click or right-click this field to select the applet. Instead, middle-click or right-click another part of the applet.

Right-click particular parts of the applet to view pop-up menus of applet-specific commands. For example, the Window List applet has a vertical handle on the left side, and buttons that represent the windows on the right side. To open the panel object pop-up menu for the Window List applet, you must right-click the handle. If you right-click a button on the right side, a pop-up menu for the button is displayed.

Adding an Object to a Panel

You can add different objects to a panel.

How to Add an Object to a Panel

  1. Right-click a vacant space on a panel to open the panel pop-up menu.
  2. Choose Add to Panel.

    The Add to Panel dialog is displayed. The available panel objects are listed in alphabetical order, with launchers at the top.

    Note - You can type a part of the name or description of an object in the find box. This will narrow the list to those objects that match what you type. To restore the full list, delete the text in the find box.

  3. Either drag an object from the list to a panel, or select an object from the list and click Add to add it at the spot on the panel where you first right-clicked.

    You can also add any item in the Applications menu to the panel. Each launcher corresponds to a .desktop file. You can drag a .desktop file on to the panels to add the launcher to the panel.

Modifying the Properties of an Object

Some panel objects, such as launchers and drawers, have a set of associated properties. The properties are different for each type of object. The properties specify the following details:

How to Modify the Properties of an Object

  1. Right-click the object to open the panel object pop-up menu.
  2. Choose Properties.

    Use the Properties dialog to modify the properties as required. The properties in the dialog depend on the object you select.

  3. Close the Properties dialog box.

Moving a Panel Object

You can move panel objects within a panel, and from one panel to another panel. You can also move objects between panels and drawers.

Movement of a panel object affects the position of other objects on the panel. You can specify a movement mode to control how objects move on a panel. To specify the movement mode, press one of the following keys as you move the panel object.

Movement Mode
No key
Switched movement
The object swaps places with other panel objects. Switched movement is the default movement mode.
Free movement
The object jumps over other panel objects into the next vacant space on the panel.
Push movement
The object pushes other panel objects further along the panel.

How to Move a Panel Object

  1. Right-click the object, and then choose Move.
  2. Point to the new location for the object, then click any mouse button to anchor the object to the new location.

    This location can be on any panel that is currently in the Oracle Solaris Desktop.

    Note - Alternatively, you can middle-click and hold the object and drag the object to a new location. When you release the middle mouse button, the object anchors at the new location.

Locking a Panel Object

You can lock panel objects so that the objects stay in the same position on the panel.

Note - You can lock the panels if you do not want them to change their position when you move other panel objects.

To lock an object to its current location in the panel, right-click the object, then select Lock To Panel. Deselect this option to unlock the object.

Removing a Panel Object

To remove an object from a panel, right-click the object, and then choose Remove From Panel.