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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


You can add buttons to your panels to provide quick access to common actions and functions. This section describes buttons you can add to your panels. For information about how to add an object to a panel, see Adding an Object to a Panel.

Force Quit

The Force Quit button enables you to click a window to force an application to quit. This button is useful if you want to terminate an application that does not respond to your commands, or if the application has crashed or is not responsive.

Figure 4-3 Force Quit Button

image:Force Quit button

To terminate an application, click Force Quit, and then click a window from the application that you want to terminate. Press Esc if you do not want to terminate the application.

Lock Screen

The Lock Screen button locks the screen and activates the screensaver. To access the session again, you must provide your password.

Figure 4-4 Lock Screen Button

image:Lock Screen Button

Right-clicking the Lock Screen button displays a menu of screensaver-related commands. The following table describes the menu options.

Table 4-5 Lock Screen Menu Items

Menu Item
Activate Screensaver
Activates the screensaver. This option also locks the screen if you have set Lock Screen When the Screensaver Is Active in the Screensaver preference tool.
Lock Screen
Locks the screen.
Opens the Screensaver preference tool, which enables you to configure the type of screensaver that is displayed when you lock the screen.

Log Out

The Log Out button enables you to log out of a desktop session or switch to a different user account.

Figure 4-5 Log Out Button

image:Log Out Button


Clicking the Run button displays the Run Application dialog, which enables you to start an application by choosing it from a list.

Figure 4-6 Run Button

image:Run button

For more information about the Run Application dialog, see Running Applications.


Clicking the Search button displays the Search Tool, which enables you to search for files on the computer. For more information about the Search Tool, see the Search Tool Manual.

Figure 4-7 Search Button

image:Search button

Show Desktop

You can use the Show Desktop button to minimize all open windows and show the desktop.

Figure 4-8 Show Desktop Button

image:Show desktop button