Using the Desktop
The Desktop provides an easy way to manage a variety of tasks.
You can use the Desktop to read and send mail, create and edit documents,
and start different applications, such as spreadsheet and wordprocessing
programs. And because many of your Desktop
tasks are accomplished within windows (work areas that you open on
the Desktop), you can switch from one task to another quickly.
For example, suppose you have opened a window for reading your mail.
You realize you deleted a document to which a mail message refers.
you remember that you haven't emptied your Trash yet.
Leaving your Mail window open, you can open a Trash window, restore
the document and open it in another window, close the Trash window,
return to the Mail window.
Users should log in with a non-root account to do their
daily tasks. It is recommended that only system administrators
log in as root on the Desktop.
In addition to working with windows, you'll want to become familiar
with these concepts:
An Overview of the Desktop
are small pictures that represent programs, documents, data,
or the containers (called directories) in which they are kept.
are lists of tasks you can do within a window or on the Desktop itself.
shows you where you are on the screen. Depending on your current
activity, it may change shape to let you know what you can do there.
helps you move windows and icons around the Desktop and perform different
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SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 -- 11 February 2003