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Customising the Gnome 2.x Desktop

Changing the Desktop Wallpaper in Ubuntu 10.x

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”:

Menu Change Desktop BG

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:

Choose Desktop BG

You can also use your own photos, by clicking the “Add...” button, then navigating to the file you wish to use:

Select a Photo as the Desktop BG

Select the file and click on the “Open” button. The image will then be imported into the "Background" dialogue box:

Define how the Photo is displayed on the Desktop

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

Adding User Shortcuts to the Desktop in Ubuntu 10.x

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

Add Launcher to Panel

The shortcut will be added in the top left by default (-assuming there is nothing else there):

Shortcut Added to Panel

Once again, you can click-drag the icon to wherever you want it on the desktop, releasing the mouse button at the desired location.

Removing User Shortcuts from the Ubuntu 10.x Desktop

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”:

Move to Rubbish Menu

Finding the Desktop in Ubuntu 10.x

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:

Move to Rubbish Menu

Click this icon at any time to get back to the desktop. So, for example, if you had the GIMP window open:

GIMP Window within the Desktop

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:

GIMP Window minimized and the Desktop is shown

Click the same button again, to restore all windows back to their original size.

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