Before You Begin
6 About the GNOME Desktop
The NLD personal settings provide control over special accessibility features, appearance settings, hardware settings, and system settings. For example, if you want to set up a screensaver or add a new printer, you are dealing with personal settings. The various user settings are accessed via the Settings dialog box, which is a set of icons divided into categories.
These four setting categories are
Personal These settings relate to accessibility features that can be enabled on the keyboard and tools that can be used to better view the desktop (in cases where the user needs special abilities related to viewing the desktop). Two of the four icons available under Personal settings that control accessibility features are Accessibility and Assistive Technology Support. The Menus icon allows you to modify the group submenus currently shown on the Programs menu. The Shortcuts icon allows you to add or edit the keyboard shortcut keys for GNOME actions such as menu and icon access.
Many of your personal desktop settings are accessed using the Settings dialog box.
Appearance The Appearance settings group includes icons that allow you to control the desktop background, desktop fonts, the screensaver, current theme (the overall look of the NLD desktop), and the look and feel of your application and applet windows.
Hardware The hardware settings available in the Settings dialog box include keyboard settings and settings for the mouse, your printers, and the screen resolution.
System System settings that you can adjust include file associations, network proxies, sessions, and sound.
We take a look at the Personal and Appearance settings in this chapter. Hardware and System settings are discussed in Chapter 5, "Configuring NLD Hardware and System Settings."
Remember that all the configuration possibilities available to you in the Settings dialog box are user settings. This means that you can change these settings without requiring the root password. More complex settings (those that require administrative privileges) are accessed via the Administrator Settings command on the Systems menu.