Figure 3.2. Gnome Menu Panel
menu contains a variety of
icons that start software applications. The icons are ordered
by category. It is similar to the Microsoft Windows
menu contains a customizable list of directories,
, recent documents, and a
function. Volumes that are mounted
may be external USB drives (flash, hard disk, CD, etc.),
directories shared across a network, or other media devices
such as a portable music player. Read more about this in
Chapter 4, Using Media
menu contains a variety of items.
starts the screen saver or blanks the screen
and prevents the desktop from being used until a password is
contains tools for
configuring peripherals and the desktop.
also contains configuration tools that are
for administrative purposes and usually require root access;
that is, when those applications are started, the root
password must be entered to continue.
In addition to the menus, the menu panel contains a number of
icons for common software.
mail client and personal information manager.
is a word processing program.
is for creating and giving presentations.
is a spreadsheet tool.
Table 3.1. Some Desktop Icons
||Office and Productivity Tools
are displayed only if
Office and Productivity Tools
during installation. The Add/Remove program application,
, can be used to install
these office tools at any time.
You can add program icons that start an application to the menu
panel. These icons are called
Right-click on the panel, and select
There is another way to add an application launcher to the menu
panel if the application is already listed in the Applications
menu. Navigate to the application in the Applications menu,
right-click on the application, and select
launcher to panel
The appearance of the panel can also be customized. Right-click on
the panel and select