GNOME User Guide

Publication Date 19 Dec 2011

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About This Guide
1. Available Documentation
2. Feedback
3. Documentation Conventions
4. About the Making of This Manual
5. Source Code
6. Acknowledgments
I. Introduction
1. Getting Started with the GNOME Desktop
1.1. Logging In and Selecting a Desktop
1.2. Logging Out
1.3. Desktop Basics
2. Working with Your Desktop
2.1. Using the Main Menu
2.2. Managing Folders and Files with Nautilus
2.3. Accessing Floppy Disks, CDs, or DVDs
2.4. Searching for Files
2.5. Moving Text Between Applications
2.6. Managing Internet Connections
2.7. Exploring the Internet
2.8. E-mail and Scheduling
2.9. Opening or Creating Documents with
2.10. Controlling Your Desktop’s Power Management
2.11. Creating, Displaying, and Decompressing Archives
2.12. Taking Screen Shots
2.13. Viewing PDF Files
2.14. Controlling Sound
2.15. Using the Fingerprint Reader
2.16. Obtaining Software Updates
2.17. For More Information
3. Customizing Your Settings
3.1. The Control Center
3.2. Hardware
3.3. Look and Feel
3.4. Personal
3.5. System
4. Assistive Technologies
4.1. General Accessibility Features
4.2. Mobility Impairments
4.3. Orca
II. Internet Connectivity, Files and Resources
5. Accessing Network Resources
5.1. Connecting to Your Network
5.2. General Notes on File Sharing and Network Browsing
5.3. Accessing Network Shares
5.4. Sharing Folders
5.5. Managing Windows Files
5.6. Configuring and Accessing a Windows Network Printer
6. Searching with Beagle
6.1. Using Beagle
6.2. Search Tips
6.3. Performing a Property Search
6.4. Setting Search Preferences
6.5. Indexing Other Directories
6.6. Preventing Files and Directories from Being Indexed
6.7. Selecting Data Sources to Index
6.8. Disabling Beagle
6.9. For More Information
7. Managing Printers
7.1. Installing a Printer
7.2. Modifying Printer Settings
7.3. Canceling Print Jobs
7.4. Deleting a Printer
A. GNU Licenses
A.1. GNU General Public License
A.2. GNU Free Documentation License

List of Figures

1.1. GNOME Desktop
1.2. GNOME Desktop Menu
1.3. GNOME Bottom Panel
1.4. Add to Panel Dialog Box
2.1. Main Menu
2.2. File Manager
2.3. Search for Files Dialog
2.4. Search Results List
2.5. GNOME Power Manager On AC Power Preferences
2.6. GNOME Power Manager On Battery Power Preferences
2.7. GNOME Power Manager General Preferences
2.8. Changing the Session Idle Timeout in Screensaver Preferences
2.9. Archive Manager
2.10. Save Screenshot Dialog Box
2.11. Evince PDF Viewer
2.12. GNOME Sound Preferences Dialog Box
3.1. GNOME Control Center
3.2. Keyboard Preferences Dialog
3.3. Mouse Preferences Dialog
3.4. Printer Configuration Dialog
3.5. Monitor Resolution Settings Dialog
3.6. Setting Sound Devices
3.7. Setting Sound Effects Preferences
3.8. Font Preferences Dialog
3.9. Screensaver Preferences Dialog
3.10. Window Preferences Dialog
3.11. File Manager Preferences
3.12. General Lockdown Editor Settings
3.13. Main Menu Editor
3.14. 3D Desktop
3.15. Desktop Effects Configuration
3.16. Keyboard Shortcuts Dialog
3.17. Network Proxy Configuration Dialog
3.18. Preferred Applications
3.19. Search Preferences
5.1. Network File Browser
5.2. Connect to Server dialog box
6.1. Desktop Search Dialog Box
6.2. Desktop Search Dialog Box With a File Selected

List of Tables

1.1. Panel Menu Options
1.2. Some Useful Applets
2.1. System Shortcuts
2.2. File Manager Navigation Shortcuts
3.1. Desktop Effects Shortcuts
6.1. Supported Property Keywords