An applet is a small, interactive application that resides
within a panel, for example the CD Player. Each
applet has a simple user interface that you can operate with the mouse or
The part of the GNOME Desktop where there are no interface
graphical items, such as panels and windows.
The image or color that is applied to your desktop.
An icon on your desktop that you can use to open your files,
folders, and applications. You can use desktop objects to provide convenient
access to files, folders, and applications that you use frequently.
A unique alphabetic identifier for a computer on a network.
A drawer is a sliding extension to a panel that you can open
or close from a drawer icon.
The final portion of a file's name, after the last period (.) in the name. For example, the file extension of the file picture.jpeg is jpeg.
The file extension can identify the type of a file. Nautilus file manager uses this information when to determine what to do when you open a file. For more on this, see the section called “Opening Files”.
To format media is to prepare the media for use with a particular
file system. When you format media, you overwrite any existing information
on the media.
An application that uses the standard GNOME programming libraries
is called a GNOME-compliant application. For example, Nautilus file manager and gedit text editor
are GNOME-compliant applications.
A unique numeric identifier for a computer on a network.
A keyboard shortcut is a key or combination
of keys that provides an alternative to standard ways of performing an action.
A launcher starts a particular application, executes a command,
or opens a file. A launcher can reside in a panel or in a menu.
A menubar is a bar at the top of an application window that
contains the menus for the application.
A Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension (MIME) type identifies
the format of a file. The MIME type enables applications to read the file.
For example, an email application can use the image/png
MIME type to detect that a Portable Networks Graphic (PNG) file is attached
to an email.
To mount is to make a file system available for access. When
you mount a file system, the file system is attached as a subdirectory to
your file system.
A pane is a subdivision of a window. For example, the Nautilus window contains a side pane and a view pane.
A dedicated software tool that controls a particular part
of the behavior of the GNOME Desktop.
Shortcut keys are keystrokes that provide a quick way to perform
The stacking order is the order in which windows are stacked
on top of each other on your screen.
A statusbar is a bar at the bottom of a window that provides
information about the current state of what you are viewing in the window.
A special type of file that points to another file or folder.
When you perform an action on a symbolic link, the action is performed on
the file or folder to which the symbolic link points.
A toolbar is a bar that contains buttons for the most commonly-used
commands in an application. Typically, a toolbar appears under a menubar.
Uniform Resource Identifier
A Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) is a string that identifies
a particular location in a file system or on the Web. For example, the address
of a web page is a URI.
Uniform Resource Locator
A Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is the address of a particular
location on the Web.
A Nautilus component that enables
you to display a folder in a particular way. For example, Nautilus contains an icon view which enables you to display the contents
of a folder as icons. Nautilus also contains a
list view which enables you to display the contents of a folder as a list.
A workspace is a discrete area in the GNOME Desktop in which
you can work.