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3.3. The Desktop Area

Before any additional icons are added to the desktop, the desktop area contains three icons by default:

  1. Computer - This contains all volumes (or disks) mounted on the computer. These are also listed in the Places menu. Computer is equivalent to My Computer on Microsoft Windows.

  2. Home - This is where the logged-in user stores all files by default, such as music, movies, and documents. There is a different home directory for each user, and by default users cannot access each others' home directories. Home is equivalent to My Documents on Microsoft Windows.

  3. Trash - Deleted files are moved to Trash . Empty Trash by right-clicking the icon and clicking Empty Trash .

[Tip] Permanently deleting files

To permanently delete a file and bypass the file's move to Trash , hold down the [Shift] key when deleting the file.

Right-clicking on the desktop presents a menu of actions related to the desktop area. For example, clicking on Change Desktop Background lets you choose a different image or photograph to display on the desktop. This is similar to changing the desktop wallpaper on a Microsoft Windows desktop. It is possible to choose not to have any desktop background.


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