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Learning Red Hat Linux by Bill McCarty

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Configuring GNOME

Like most GNOME applications, GNOME itself is highly configurable. You can configure GNOME’s panel, its main menu, and its overall appearance and function. The following sections briefly show you how.

The GNOME Panel

You can add a launcher to the GNOME panel. Clicking on a launcher launches a predetermined application. To add a new launcher applet, right click on the panel and select Add New Launcher from the pop-up menu. The Create Launcher Applet dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 6.10.

Creating a launcher applet

Figure 6-10. Creating a launcher applet

You can specify a name for the launcher, a comment, and the command that GNOME executes to launch the application. GNOME will automatically provide a default icon, but you can specify the icon of your choice by clicking the Icon button.

If an application is already on the main menu, you can quickly create a launcher for it. Simply right click on the application’s menu item and select Add This Launcher To Panel from the pop-up menu.

If your panel contains many launchers, it may become crowded and confusing. To remedy this, you can create one or more drawers, like that shown in Figure 6.11. Drawers act like menus; you click on a drawer to open it and view the launchers it contains. Clicking an open drawer closes it and removes its contents from sight.

Figure 6-11. A drawer

To add a drawer, right click on the panel and select Add Drawer ...

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