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The Gnome 3.x Activities Area

Finding Installed Applications under Gnome 3.x

To run an application under Fedora (-or other Linux flavours using Gnome 3, such as Linux Mint), you first need to locate it! In order to do this, you need to enter the "Activities" area using one of the following methods:

  • Clicking on the "Activities" link in the top left of the desktop
  • Clicking on the "Super" key (-aka the Windows key) on your keyboard

Prior to Fedora 18, you clicked on the "Applications" button at the top of the screen, to display all the available applications.

From Fedora 18 onwards, you access this area by clicking on the following icon at the bottom of the Favourites area:

Fedora 18 Applications Icon

You should now see the "Applications Area" displayed:

The Gnome 3 Application List

If you can see the desired application, you can simply click it's icon to invoke it. However, it it often difficult to locate the exact application in such a large list, so Gnome 3 gives you two ways to narrow down the field:

  1. By clicking on one of "All" or "Frequent" to narrow down the applications by their function. In the example below, the display has been limited to show just the frequently used applications:

    The Gnome 3 List of Installed Graphics Apps

  2. By clicking in the search box and typing in the name (-or part of the name) of the application; this will limit the display to those applications containing the string entered. In the example below, the string "gnu" has been entered and Gnome has removed all applications except those with names or descriptions containing the string "gnu" (e.g. gnu Image Manipulation Program):

    The Gnome 3 Search Application Function

    Note: matching files and folders are also shown

Once you can see the desired application icon, simply click it to invoke the application.

Note: if you do not find the application you are looking for, then you will need to install it first


Finding and Switching Windows under Gnome 3.x

To switch windows under Gnome 3 you just need to click in that window. However, if you have lots of windows open, it may be difficult to locate the correct one. Gnome 3 helps you to find the desired window by entering the "Activities" area using one of the following methods:

  • Clicking on the "Activities" link in the top left of the desktop (-in Linux Mint this is an infinity icon - see the screenshot below)

  • Clicking on the "Super" key (-aka the Windows key) on your keyboard

Note: users of Fedora 17 and below will also need to click on the "Windows" button, once the "Activities Area" displays.

This will display thumbnails of all the currently open windows in the active workspace:

The Gnome 3 List of Open Windows

From here, just click on the thumbnail for the desired window to switch to it. If you wish to close a window without switching to it, hover the mouse near the top right hand corner: a white "x" in a black circle will display - just click this to close the window.


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