Desktop User's Guide

Document Number: 007-1342-180

Front Matter

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Table of Contents

New Features in This Guide
Documentation Changes

1. Getting Started
Logging In and Out
Identifying What Is on the Screen When You First Log In
Using the Mouse
Manipulating Windows
Finding Software and Applications
Adjusting Volume
Using Online Documentation
Getting Application Help
Turning Off Your Workstation
Online Document Conventions
Please Register Your System
Where to Go From Here

2. Login Basics: Understanding Accounts
Overview of Login Accounts
Why Create a Login Account?
Using Existing Login Accounts

3. Using Applications
Installing Applications
Accessing Available Applications
Starting Applications
Removing Applications
Creating a Collection of Application Icons
Copying and Pasting Between Applications

4. Managing Your Work: Working with Files and Directories
Giving Yourself Easy Access to Icons
Managing Icons
Moving and Copying Files and Directories
Making a Referenced Copy of an Icon
Removing Files and Reference Icons
Creating and Opening Directories
Renaming Files and Directories
Opening and Saving Files
Creating Files Using Select and Paste
Naming Icons: A Few Guidelines

5. Printing
Summary of the Printing Environment and Tools
Placing Available Printers on Your Desktop
Printing Files
Customizing Print Jobs With Print Panel
Using Print Status to Monitor Print Jobs and Printers
Designating a Default Printer
Troubleshooting Printing

6. Finding Things
Finding Files, Directories, and Images
Finding Applications
Finding Files, Applications, or Directories Using File QuickFind
Finding Files, Applications, or Directories Using the Search Tool

7. Using Multiple Desks
What is a “Desk”?
Creating a Desk
Switching Between Desks
Moving Windows Between Desks
Copying Windows Between Desks
Listing All the Windows in Your Desks
Renaming a Desk
Deleting a Desk
Placing a Window in All Desks
Removing a Window From the Global Desk
Manipulating Windows on a Desk
Customizing the Desks Overview

8. Managing Windows
Organizing Windows Into Desks
Opening Fewer Windows
Resizing Windows
Minimizing Windows
Moving Windows
Raising and Lowering Windows
Changing the Window Focus Behavior
Closing Windows

9. Sharing and Protecting Files, Media Devices, and Printers
Understanding and Changing Permissions
Sharing Resources With Other Systems

10. Accessing Other Systems and Resources on Your Network
Accessing Another System's Media Devices or Printers
Using Host QuickFind to Find Remote Host Icons
Using the Access Desktop Tool
Accessing Files and Directories On Other Systems
Logging In to Another System

11. Customizing the Desktop Environment
Changing the Desktop Background
Setting Default Icon View Preferences
Changing Window Color Schemes
Customizing the Screen Saver
Customizing Mouse Settings
Customizing Keyboard Settings
Customizing Window Settings
Changing the Language and Keyboard Layout
Controlling System Alerts
Customizing Desktop Settings
Disabling Icons on the Desktop
Adding Directories to Your Search Path (Advanced)
Running Applications When You Log In Using the .sgisession File
Modifying the Toolchests (Advanced)
Using Your Own Customized Backgrounds (Advanced)
Turning Off the Desktop User Environment
Using Custom Icons on Your Desktop (Advanced)

12. Using System Utilities
Opening a Utility
Working With Shells
Calendar Utility
Calculator Utility
Magnifier Utility
Snapshot Utility
Show Color Map Utility
Reset Color Map Utility
System Usage Utility
Font Names Utility

13. Anatomy of the Desktop
Anatomy of a Window
About the Remote Display Feature
About the Toolchests
The Icon View Window: An Overview
Anatomy of an Icon View Window
The Desks Overview Window: An Overview
Anatomy of the Desks Overview Window
The Launch Window
The Search Tool: An Overview
Anatomy of the Search Tool
The Icon Catalog: An Overview
Reference to the Icon Catalog Controls
Anatomy of the Color Scheme Browser Window
The Color Scheme Browser Menus
Understanding the makeDotDesktop Window
About the Error Message Window

A. Using IRIX Commands
Opening a Shell Window
Using IRIX Commands: A Few Basics
A Quick Reference to IRIX Commands
A Quick Reference to IRIX Shortcuts
Determining Your Current Working Directory
Moving to a Different Directory Using the cd Command
Viewing the Contents of a Directory Using the ls Command
Viewing the Contents of a Directory Using the dirview Command
Creating Directories Using the mkdir Command
Copying a File or Directory Using the cp Command
Accessing an Icon from Several Different Directories Using the ln Command
Renaming and Moving Files Using the mv Command
Deleting Files Using the rm Command
Deleting Directories Using the rm and rmdir Commands
Printing Using IRIX Commands
Setting Permissions Using the chmod Command
Getting Reference Information on IRIX Commands

B. NEdit

C. Standard Desktop Keyboard Accelerators