On the top panel are two menus, the
Applications menu and the
Actions menu. The
Applications menu expands into a large set of
menus that allow you to access the applications on your system.
The Actions menu expands into a list of
actions you can perform on your session.
2.4.1. The Applications Menu
The categories of the Applications menu are
self-explanatory. For example, the Games
sub-menu holds games like Same
GNOME; the Sound and Video
sub-menu holds CD palyes, volume controls, and the
Helix media player. For these
directories, a few moments spent browsing the contents is
sufficient to familiarize yourself with your system. A few
sub-menus are worth additional explanation:
Preferences contains applications
that allow you to customize your system. Most of the
applications in this sub-menu do not require root
privileges to access. Refer to Section 2.5 Customizing your GNOME
session for more information
about customizing your GNOME
System Settings contains higher-level
configuration tools. Most of the applications in this
sub-menu require root privileges to access. You should
use caution when using these applications. For details
on these applications, refer to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux System Administration Guide.
Date & Time: This
tool allows you to set the date, time, and timezone
for your system.
Tool allows you to add a new printer
to your system, whether it is connected to your
computer or is available on a network.
System Tools contains applications
for utilizing and maintaining your system. This
sub-menu includes the
Terminal application, the
Floppy Formatter, and other
applications discussed elsewhere in this manual.
2.4.2. The Actions Menu
The Actions menu contains tasks you will
most likely execute on a daily basis. These include:
Lock screen, Log
Out, and Search for
This action starts a password-protected screen saver.
You must enter your password to return to the normal
Search for Files...
This action opens a Nautilus
window that allows you to search for files according to
letters in the name of the file.
This action opens the Log Out
dialog window, which terminates your