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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

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

About Preference Tools

Assistive Technologies

Keyboard Shortcuts

How to Add a Custom Shortcut

How to Edit a Keyboard Shortcut

Preferred Applications

Setting Look and Feel Preferences


Theme Preferences

Desktop Background Preferences

Font Preferences

Font Rendering

Visual Effects

Show Icons in Menus

Editable Menu Shortcut Keys

Toolbar Button Labels



Setting Internet and Network Preferences


Network Proxy

Remote Desktop

Setting Keyboard Preferences

Desktop Keyboard Preferences

Input Method Keyboard Preferences

How to Activate/Deactivate IM

Keyboard Preference Tool

Keyboard Preferences

Keyboard Layouts Preferences

Keyboard Layout Options

Keyboard Accessibility Preferences

Keyboard Accessibility Audio Feedback

Mouse Keys Preferences

Typing Break Preferences

Setting Hardware Preferences

Monitor Preference Tool

Sound Preference Tool

Sound Effects Preferences

Sound Input Preferences

Sound Output Preferences

Application Sound Preferences

Setting Session Preferences

Configuring Startup Applications

A.  Using the Mouse

B.  Using the Keyboard

Setting Hardware Preferences

This section describes the monitor and sound configurations that you can set.

Monitor Preference Tool

Use the Monitor preference tool to configure the monitors that your computer uses.

Note - On most laptop keyboards, you can use the key combination Fn+F7 to cycle between several typical monitor configurations without starting Monitor Preferences.

Choose System -> Preferences -> Monitor to display the Monitor preference tool.

Drag the graphical representations of the monitors in the upper left part of the window to set how your monitors are arranged. Monitor Preferences displays small labels in the top left corner of each monitor to help you identify which rectangle corresponds to which monitor.

Changes you make in Monitor Preferences don't take effect until you click the Apply button. Settings will revert to their previous settings unless you confirm the changes. This is to prevent bad display settings from rendering your computer unusable.

The following table below describes the monitor preferences

Table 9-12 Monitor Preferences

Dialog Elements
Same image in all monitors
When this option is selected, your entire desktop will fit on a single monitor, and every monitor will show the same copy of your desktop. When it is not selected, your desktop spans multiple monitors, and each monitor shows only a part of your entire desktop.
Detect monitors
Finds monitors that have been recently added or plugged in.
Show monitors in panel
Adds an icon to your panel that enables you to quickly change certain settings without opening the Monitor preference tool.

The following list explains the options you can set for each monitor. The currently selected monitor is the one whose graphical representation has a bold black outline. It is also indicated by the background color of the section label.

Sound Preference Tool

The Sound preference tool enables you to control devices and volume for sound input and output. You can also specify which sounds to play when particular events occur.

Choose System -> Preferences -> Sound to display the Sound preference tool.

You can customize settings in the following functional areas:

You can change the overall output volume using the Output volume slider at the top of the window. The Mute option enables you to temporarily suppress all output without disturbing the current volume.

Sound Effects Preferences

A sound theme is collection of sound effects that are associated to various events, such as opening a dialog, clicking a button, or selecting an item in a menu. One of the most prominent event sounds is the System Bell sound that is often played to indicate a keyboard input error. Use the Sound Effects tab of the Sound Preference tool to choose a sound theme and modify the bell sound.

The following table lists the sound effects preferences that you can modify.

Table 9-13 Sound Effects Preferences

Dialog Element
Alert Volume slider
Use the Alert Volume slider to control the volume for event sounds.

The Mute option enables you to temporarily suppress event sounds without modifying the current volume.

Sound Theme
Determines the sound theme.

Choose No sounds to turn off all event sounds.

Choose an alert sound list
Determines the sound for the System Bell.

Selecting a list element plays the sound.

Enable window and button sounds
Deselect this option if you don't want to hear sounds for window-related events (such as a dialog or a menu appearing) and button clicks.

Sound Input Preferences

Use the Input tab to set your preferences for sound input. The following table lists the sound input preferences that you can modify.

Table 9-14 Sound Input Preferences

Dialog Element
Input Volume
Controls the input level.

The Mute option temporarily suppresses all input without disturbing the current input level.

Input level
The Input level display provides visual feedback to help you select a suitable input volume.
Choose a device for sound input list
Determines the device that you want to hear sound input from.

Sound Output Preferences

Use the Output tab to set your preferences for sound output. The following table lists the sound output preferences that you can modify.

Table 9-15 Sound Output Preferences

Dialog Element
Output Volume
Controls the overall output volume.

The Mute option temporarily suppresses all output without disturbing the current volume.

Note that the Output Volume slider is located above the tab at the top of the window.

Choose a device for sound output list
Determines the device thaCt you want to hear sound output from.
Balance slider
Controls the left/right balance of an output device that has more than one channel (for example, stereo or 5.1).

Note - The output volume can also be controlled with the speaker icon that is shown in the notification area of the panel.

Application Sound Preferences

Use the Applications tab to control the volume of sound played by individual applications. Each application that is currently playing sound is identified by its name and icon.