1.0 Getting Started
When you start your system, you are usually prompted to enter
your username and password. If you did not install your system, check
with your system administrator for your username and password.
After having logged into GNOME for the first time, you will see
the GNOME desktop which offers the following basic elements:
Access programs and features on your system by double-clicking
an icon. Right-click an icon to access additional menus and
options.You can add as many icons to your desktop as you want. By
default, the desktop features two key icons: your personal Home
folder, and a trash can for deleted items. Other icons representing
devices on your computer, such as CD drives, might also be present
on the desktop. If you double-click your Home folder, the Nautilus
file manager starts and displays the contents of your home
The desktop includes a panel across the bottom of the screen.
The bottom panel contains the Computer menu (similar to the Start
menu in Windows™) and the icons of all applications
currently running. You can also add applications and applets to the
panel for easy access.
Open the main menu by clicking on
the far left of the bottom panel. Commonly used applications appear
in the main menu. A search field lets you quickly search for
applications and files. Access additional applications, listed in
categories, by clicking .
The right side of the bottom panel holds some smaller icons,
including the system clock which displays the date and time, the
volume control, and icons for several other helper applications.
to change your screen resolution and
to display your network connections and
options for disconnecting or changing network configurations. This
icon changes depending on the type of network connection you
By default, all started applications are displayed in the
taskbar (the area in the middle of the panel between the Computer
button and the system tray). You can access any started application
regardless of the currently active desktop. Click an application
name to open it. Right-click an application name to see options for
moving, restoring, or minimizing the window.
Right-clicking an empty spot on the desktop displays a menu
with various options. Click to
create a new folder. Create a launcher icon for an application with
. Provide the name of the
application and the command for starting it, then select an icon to
represent it. You can also change the desktop background and align
1.1 Desktop Panels
The bottom panel can be customized to meet your individual
needs, and additional panels can be configured to further
personalize your desktop.
To add a new panel, right-click the bottom panel and select
. To delete a panel, right-click the
panel and select . SLED
requires that at least one panel be left on the desktop.
1.2 Adding and Removing Panel Icons
Right-click a blank space on the panel and select
Browse to the desired program and double-click it to add it
to the panel.
Customize the program icon as desired by right-clicking the
icon and selecting .
To remove a program icon from a panel, right-click the icon
and select .