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Organizing the Desktop

Your desktop can be organized to suit your individual work style. Quick access to applications is provided through icons on the desktop. Application icons on the panel provide access when the desktop is covered by open windows. Many useful utilities can reside on the panel, such as the clock and an icon that minimizes all windows at once. Icons for locations, such as Home, or files, such as todo, are also handy.

You can drag applications and locations onto the desktop or panel. Find the application and highlight it on the menu. Or open the directory. Then use the mouse to drag the application or directory to the desired location.

In addition, a menu of items specifically for use on the panel is available. Right-click directly on the panel and select Add or Add to panel to see items such as Accessories or Amusements. Highlight the desired item on the menu or submenu and drag it onto the panel.

You can drag the icons on your desktop wherever you want them. You can also arrange all icons at once from the desktop menu. In GNOME, right-click the desktop and select Clean Up by Name to arrange the icons in alphabetic order starting from the upper-left corner. From the KDE desktop menu, select Icons to line them up vertically or horizontally or to sort them by name, size, or type.

To move objects on the panel, right-click the icon and select Move. Drag the object to its new panel location using the mouse. On the KDE panel, some objects, such as the taskbar and the pager, are moved using menus specific to the object.

Figure 6.15

Figure 6-15 Section of KDE panel.

If you click the small arrow to the left of the taskbar, a menu specific to the entire taskbar opens with items that you can select, including Move Taskbar.

In Figure 6-15, a side pointing arrow is located on the end of the panel—the Panel- hiding button. Clicking the button hides the menu; clicking again brings it back. This button is not always included on the panel. To add the Panel-hiding button in KDE, right-click the panel and select Configure Panel. Click the Hiding tab. Check "Show left panel-hiding button" and/or "Show right panel-hiding button." To add the buttons in GNOME, right-click the panel and select Properties. Check "Show hide buttons" and "Arrows on hide buttons."

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