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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

Windows Overview

Types of Windows

Working With Windows

Moving a Window

Resizing a Window

How to Resize a Window

Minimizing a Window

Maximizing a Window

Unmaximizing a Window

Closing a Window

Giving Focus to a Window

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

Types of Windows

Each window is not necessarily a different application. An application has one main window, and might open additional windows at your request.

The following table describes the two main types of windows.

Table 2-1 Window Types

Application windows
Application windows allow all the minimize, maximize, and close operations through the buttons available on the titlebar.
Dialog windows
Dialog windows are displayed at the request of an application window. A dialog window might alert you to a problem, ask for confirmation of an action, or request input. The two types of dialog windows are:
  • Modal dialogs – Do not allow you to interact with the main application window until you have closed them.

  • Transient dialogs – Allow you to work with the main application window without closing them.