Customising the Gnome 2.x Desktop
If you right click on the Gnome desktop background , you'll see a number of options, the most useful of which being “Change Desktop Background”:
You can also use your own photos, by clicking the “Add...” button, then navigating to the file you wish to use ..
A dialogue box will display listing the standard predefined backgrounds available (-the first one being the default). Click on any of these to select it:
You can also use your own photos, by clicking the “Add...” button, then navigating to the file you wish to use:
Select the file and click on the “Open” button. The image will then be imported into the "Background" dialogue box:
If the picture does not fit the desktop proportions (-for example, here the chosen picture is in portrait orientation), you can select a method to force it (-e.g. stretch) to fit the desktop. However, for best results, pick a landscape format photo as your background as the "stretch" option may distort the image
You are not limited to adding application shortcuts to a panel – you can add them to the desktop as well by selecting:
Applications → Accessories → Terminal → (right click) Add this launcher to desktop
The shortcut will be added in the top left by default (-assuming there is nothing else there):
Once again, you can click-drag the icon to wherever you want it on the desktop, releasing the mouse button at the desired location.
The simplest way to remove a desktop icon is simply to left-click (select) the icon and press the “Delete” key. Alternatively, right-click the icon and select “Move to the Rubbish Bin”:
Sometimes,you end up with too many windows open and you don't want to go through them all, minimising them just to get back to it. For these times, Gnome includes a shortcut button that minimises all open windows (-just like Windowsdoes). It normally sits in the bottom left of the screen:
Click this icon at any time to get back to the desktop. So, for example, if you had the GIMP window open:
If you click the "Show Desktop" icon on the left of the bottom panel, then all windows (-within the current workspace) will be minimised (-in this case, GIMP), so you can see the desktop:
Click the same button again, to restore all windows back to their original size.