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1.  Getting Started With the Desktop

Overview of the Desktop

Desktop Components

Desktop Sessions

Starting a Session

How to Log In to the Desktop

How to Use a Different Language

Locking the Screen

Setting Programs to Start Automatically When You Log In

About the Startup Programs Tab

Enabling/Disabling Startup Programs

How to Add a New Startup Program

Removing a Startup Program

Editing a Startup Program

About the Session Options Tab

Ending a Session

2.  Using the Desktop Windows

3.  Using the Desktop Workspaces

4.  Using the Desktop Panels

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

Desktop Components

When you start a desktop session for the first time, a default startup screen with panels, windows, and various icons is displayed.

The following table describes the major components of the Oracle Solaris Desktop.

Table 1-1 Oracle Solaris Desktop Components

The panels are the two bars that run along the top and bottom of the screen. By default, the top panel shows the desktop main menubar, the date and time, and a set of application launcher icons. The bottom panel shows the list of open windows and the workspace switcher.

Panels can be customized to contain a variety of tools, such as other menus and launchers, and small utility applications, called panel applets. For example, you can configure your panel to display the current weather for your location. For more information about panels, see Chapter 4, Using the Desktop Panels.

Most applications run in one or more windows. You can display multiple windows on the desktop simultaneously. Windows can be resized and moved around to accommodate the workflow. Each window has a titlebar at the top with buttons which enables you to minimize, maximize, and close the window. For more information about working with windows, see Working With Windows.
You can divide the desktop into separate workspaces. Each workspace can contain several windows, enabling you to group related tasks. For more information about working with workspaces, see Workspaces Overview.
File manager
The file manager provides access to files, folders, and applications. The file manager manages the folder contents and opens the files in appropriate applications. For more information about using the file manager, see Working With Files .
You can customize the computer using Preferences, which can be found in the System menu. Each Preference tool enables you to change a particular aspect of computer behavior. For more information about Preferences, see Chapter 9, Configuring the Desktop.