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This page is written with absolute beginners in mind to help them to find the tools they need when using their desktop for the first time. It may also help to choose which desktop environment to use.

Gnome is a powerful and very comprehensive desktop environment. It has attracted a lot of criticism some years ago with the Gnome 3 release that proposed a brand new desktop totally re-designed. No more icons placed on the desktop, no more drop down menus, ... However, if wanted, it is possible to configure Gnome 3 to retrieve its classical appearance and behaviour.

More information in the Gnome official website

Where are the configuration tools?

After the first reboot following the installation, your desktop looks like the screenshot below. Click on "Activities" (5) to display the Dash on the left side and on the icon marker 6 to display all the applications. By default Gnome can't be much customized, fortunately, there is a tool called Gnome Tweak Tool, available in the depositories, that gives some more possibilities. You can also find some tricks and tips here

The green marks are for Mageia tools and the red ones for Gnome tools.


The notification bar (at the bottom)

1: Mageia mgaapplet, it is only visible when there is software to download. The red colour means updates are available for your Mageia release, for security reasons we advise you to accept them, to do so, click on the red icon and give your user password. The blue colour means a new Mageia version is available and prompts you to do a net install of it. You can ignore it as long as your Mageia release is supported and do the update installation by any other way of your choice.
2: Mageia net applet, it is visible if you are connected to a network. It gives you network information when the mouse is hovering over it. A left click gives access to the Net Center tool. A right click displays a menu to manage the network.
3 and 4: The Mageia Control Center (MCC) is where all the Mageia tools are brought together. The applets marker 1 and marker 2 use MCC. See here for more information about MCC. MCC is the same for all the Desktop Environments. The first thing to do after an installation is to open MCC and to configure the media sources see here
5: No real menu with Gnome, click here to display the Dash (also called Dock) on the left side. You can put here all your favourites applications.
6: Display all the icons of the installed applications. They can be placed in the Dash by a right click on the icon.
7: Access to the Settings.
8: Access to the Tweak Tool.
9: The system menu. A click here allows some more actions about volume, wifi, luminosity, users management, log out ...
10: Another access to the Settings.
11: Access to the notifications management.

What are the configuration tools for?

Here are the tools you can use to set up the main features and/or devices:

Please note!
When several tools are available to do the same action, they are in fact writing in the same configuration file, so there is no risk of conflict, use your preferred tool
Setting Gnome Mageia
Windows appearance Tweak tool -> Appearance
Tweak tool -> Fonts
Workspace appearance
(the desktop out of the windows)
Tweak tool -> Appearance
Tweak tool -> Windows
Tweak tool -> Desktop
Tweak tool -> Top Bar
Notification bar -> Notification Settings (Marker 11)
Windows behaviour Tweak tool -> Windows --
Workspace behaviour Tweak tool -> Workspace
Notification bar -> Notification Settings (Marker 11)
Desktop background Tweak tool -> Desktop
Settings -> Background
Activities -> ChBg
right click on the desktop
Screensaver None by default, install xscreensaver
And then: Activities -> Screensaver
Display settings Settings -> Display MCC / hardware / Set up the graphical server
Accessibility Settings -> Universal Access --
Localization Settings -> Region and Language
Menu -> Regional Settings
MCC / System / Manage localization for your system
Preferred applications Settings -> Details -> Default Applications --
Software Management -- MCC / Sotware Management
Menu -> Install & Remove Software
Power Management
(For Laptops)
Tweak tool -> Power
Settings -> Power
Left click on the right end of the Top bar
Mouse and Keyboard Tweak tool -> Keyboard and mouse
Settings -> Keyboard
Settings -> Mouse & Touchpad
MCC / hardware / Configure Mouse and Keyboard
Printer Settings -> Printer
Activities -> Print Settings
MCC / hardware / Configure printing and scanning
Network Settings -> Network
Left click on the right end of the Top bar
Activities -> Network Center
MCC / Network & Internet
MCC / Network Sharing
Activities -> Network Center
User Management Settings -> Users MCC / System / Manage users on system
Drives and Media
(Storage, Multimedia, Cameras, Input Devices...)
Settings -> Details -> Removable media MCC / hardware
Sharing, Internet, Disk management, Security, Boot ... -- MCC