The Gnome Control Centre
The Gnome Control Centre consists of a number of control applets that handle the configuration of your Gnome graphical environment. To access the Control Centre click on the toolbox button on the panel bar.
The Control Centre includes the following control applets that can be accessed by selecting the appropriate entry in the selection list at the left of the Control Centre. The rest of the Control Centre display will change to show the options that are available to configure your selection.
- Desktop contains the various desktop configuration options. You can set your screen background consisting of a solid colour, gradient colour, or your choice of wallpaper image. You can select from a range of screensavers, You can select the theme that your gnome session will use (which sets the colour selections for the gnome controlled areas of your windows.
- Gnome Edit Properties or Default Editor allows you to select which of the various text editors on your system will be used to open text files by default.
- Mime Types handles your file associations ie. which file types will be handled by which program.
- Multimedia allows you to set the volume, pitch, and duration of the keyboard bell as well as assigning sounds to Gnome events.
- Peripherals lets you set the keyboard repeat rate and the delay before the repeat will start. You can also set your mouse for left or right handed as well as setting the movement acceleration and movement threshold.
- Session Manager or Startup Programs controls which programs will automatically be restarted the next time you start Gnome.
- URL Handlers works with the various types of internet data, determining which of your internet programs will handle what data.
- User Interface gives you options to configure the menus, status bars, tool bars, and dialog boxes within Gnome.
The appearance of your Gnome session can be configured in lots of different ways and the Control Centre is where this configuration is handled. If you don't like the way your Gnome session currently looks, go into the Control Centre and change it.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.