Applying Desktop Effects
If your computer supports a 3D graphic card with Xgl, you can use
graphical effects like turning your desktop into a rotating 3D cube,
enabling translucent or transparent windows, zooming in and out of the
desktop screen, and using other window effects, such as shadows, fading,
and transformations. If you do not have a 3D graphic card, some effects
may be disabled or reduce the performance of your system.
To configure the effects on your desktop, proceed as follows:
Start the personal settings window as described in
Modifying Personal Settings.
Select and choose .
If you like, choose some configuration from
Select the effects in the tab. The info
icon gives you a small explanation. Some effects may have a
configuration dialog for further adjustments.
Use to enable the effects permanently.
To enable and use Xgl, you can make use of
the following effects:
Wrap your virtual desktops around a cube and rotate the cube to get to
another virtual desktop. Rotate the cube with Ctrl+Alt+→ or Ctrl+Alt+←.
Fly through the range of virtual desktops without having to use the
pager and select the one to use. To change to this panel-like view,
use Ctrl+Alt+↓. To scroll to a desktop left or
right of the current one, keep holding Ctrl+Alt and
use → and
Zoom into certain parts of the desktop. Select the area to enlarge and
right-click while holding the Windows key.
Show all windows opened on one virtual desktop as if they were resized
so all fit in the display at once. Arrange the windows using
Ctrl+Alt+↑. While holding down Ctrl+Alt, use
the arrow keys to determine the focus.