Customizing Your Desktop
You can easily add, delete, and create shortcut icons on your desktop.
You can also change icon properties and the desktop background to suit
Adding Program Icons to Your Desktop
Browse to the desired program.
Click and drag the icon to the desktop and position it as desired.
To delete an icon from your desktop, simply click the program icon and
press the Delete key on your keyboard.
Changing the Desktop Background
Right-click the background.
To select a wallpaper from the preprogrammed images, browse to and
select the desired image. After you select it, the background changes
To add an image, select , browse to the desired
image, then click .
To display a colored background, select from the top of the list; then, from
, select the fill pattern and the desired
Using the GNOME Control Center
In addition to letting you change individual desktop elements, GNOME
lets you extensively personalize your desktop. You can find more
settings to adjust the overall appearance and behavior of your desktop
in the GNOME Control Center. There, you can also change fonts, keyboard
and mouse configurations, regional and language settings, parameters
for your Internet and network usage, and more.
To start the Control Center, click
click on the right of the main menu.
Configuring Desktop Effects
Compiz is a compositing window manager for the X Window System that
uses 3D graphics hardware to create fast compositing desktop effects
for window management. It lets you turn your desktop into a rotating 3D
cube, tile windows so they do not overlap, and switch tasks while
viewing live thumbnails. You can enable translucent or transparent
windows, zoom in and out of the desktop screen, and use other window
effects such as shadows, fading, and transformations. You can also
configure windows to snap to other windows and screen edges when they
To use compositing desktop effects, you need a graphics adapter capable
of providing 3D support with a appropriate driver supporting 3D
acceleration installed. 3D acceleration must also be enabled. Use SaX2
to change your graphics card and monitor properties if necessary. If
the 3D acceleration works properly, compositing effects are enabled by
To enable compositing desktop effects manually or to configure the
particular effects you want to see, click
. There, you can configure your desktop