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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 Overview

A panel is an area in the Oracle Solaris Desktop where you have access to certain actions and information. For example, in the default panels, you can launch applications, see the date and time, control the system sound volume, and more.

You can change the panel behavior and its appearance, and add or remove objects from panels. You can create multiple panels, and choose different properties, objects, and backgrounds for each panel. You can also hide panels. By default, the Oracle Solaris Desktop contains a panel at the top and bottom edges of the screen. The following sections describe these panels.

Top Edge Panel

By default, the top edge panel contains the applets described in the following table.

Table 4-1 Top Edge Panel Applets

Contains the Applications, Places, and System menus. For more information about the Menubar, see Chapter 6, Using the Main Menubar.
A set of application launcher icons
Use icons to launch the File Manager, the Firefox web browser, the Thunderbird mail application, the Package Manager, and the terminal.
Notification Area
Displays icons from other applications that might require attention, or that you might want to access without switching from the current application window. For more information about the notification area applets, see Notification Area Applet.

Until an application adds an icon to the notification area, only a narrow bar is visible.

Displays the current time. Clicking the time opens a small calendar. You can also view a world map by clicking the Locations expansion label. For more information about clock applet, see the Clock Applet Manual.
Volume Control
Enables you to control the speaker volume on the system. For more on volume control, see the Volume Control Manual.

Bottom Edge Panel

By default, the bottom edge panel contains the applets described in the following table.

Table 4-2 Bottom Edge Panel Applets

Show Desktop
Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop. Click again to restore all the windows to their previous state.
Window List
Displays a button for each open window. The Window List enables you to minimize and restore windows. For more information about Window List, see Window List.
Workspace Switcher
Enables you to switch workspaces. For more information about workspaces, see Working With Workspaces.
Trash Applet
Shows whether you have any deleted files in the Trash. Click the applet to view its contents in the File Manager. To empty Trash, right-click the applet and select Empty Trash.