Chapter 8. Customizing Your GNOME Desktop


8.1. Hardware Settings
8.2. Look and Feel Settings
8.3. Personal Settings
8.4. System Settings
8.5. Modifying the Appearance of Menus and Toolbars
8.6. Setting Preferred Applications

Use Desktop Preferences to customize your GNOME desktop. Some of the settings you might want to change include the desktop background, screen saver, keyboard and mouse, sounds, and file associations. Start by clicking Desktop+GNOME Control Center then select the desktop settings to modify. In the individual modules, access help for the options by clicking Help. The system immediately adopts every change made in a configuration module.

Figure 8.1. GNOME Desktop Preferences

GNOME Desktop Preferences

8.1. Hardware Settings

The hardware settings configure your keyboard, mouse, printers, removable drives, and media and set your screen resolution.

8.1.1. Modifying Keyboard Preferences

Use Keyboard Preferences to modify the autorepeat preferences for your keyboard and to configure typing break settings. Click the Accessibility button to start the keyboard accessibility preference tool.

8.1.2. Configuring the Mouse

Use Mouse Preference to configure your mouse for right-hand use or for left-hand use. You can also specify the speed and sensitivity of mouse movement.

8.1.3. Installing and Configuring Printers

You could use this module to install and configure printers. On a SUSE Linux system, these settings are best made with YaST as described in Section 2.4.4, “Printer”.

8.1.4. Configuring Removable Drives and Media

Use this module to set preferences for removable drives and media. These settings control automatic actions for devices and various media.

8.1.5. Specifying Screen Resolution Settings

You could use this module to specify the resolution settings for your screen, including resolution and refresh rate. On a SUSE Linux system, these settings are best made with YaST as described in Section 14.1, “X11 Setup with SaX2” (↑Reference).