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openSUSE 11.1 GNOME Quick Start Guide
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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 your needs.

Adding Program Icons to Your Desktop

  1. Click Computer.

  2. Browse to the desired program.

  3. 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

  1. Right-click the background.

  2. Select Change Desktop Background.

  3. To select a wallpaper from the preprogrammed images, browse to and select the desired image. After you select it, the background changes automatically.

  4. To add an image, select Add, browse to the desired image, then click Open.

  5. To display a colored background, select No Wallpaper from the top of the list; then, from Colors, select the fill pattern and the desired colors.

  6. Click Close.

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 Computer, then click Control Center 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 are moved.

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 default.

To enable compositing desktop effects manually or to configure the particular effects you want to see, click Computer > More Applications > Utilities > Simple CompizConfig Settings Manager. There, you can configure your desktop effects.

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