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

LXDE is a very lightweight desktop environment that is suitable each time saving power and resources is needed, either because they are low (outdated hardware for example) or because they have a better use than for the desktop environment (for heavy calculation for example).

More information in the LXDE official website

Another wiki page about LXDE: LXDE desktop

Where are the configuration tools?

After the first reboot following the installation, your desktop looks like the screenshot below. To display the menu, click on the Mageia icon Mageia-logo-1.png at the bottom left (marker 6). The green marks are for Mageia tools and the red ones for LXDE tools.


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 prompt 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 on it. A left click gives access to the Net Center tool. A right click display a menu to manage the network.
3: The Mageia Control Center (MCC) is where all the Mageia tools are brought together. The applets marker 1 and marker 2 use the MCC. See here for more information about the MCC. The MCC is the same for all the Desktop Environments. The first thing to do after an installation is to open the MCC and to configure the media sources see here
4: The tool Install & Remove Software is also part of the MCC. See here for more information about the Software Management,or here.
5: The MCC is so important that you have also an access from the task bar
6: Access to the menu and to the logout
7: If you click on Mageia icon -> tools as shown on the screenshot, a submenu (marker 7) is displayed, it contains tools given by LXDE to set your Desktop Environment.
8: Openbox Configuration Manager allows to set the desktop and windows appearance. You can also try a right click or a roller click (center click).

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 LXDE Mageia
Windows appearance Openbox Configuration Manager
Menu -> Tools -> Customize look and feel
Workspace appearance
(the desktop out of the windows)
Openbox Configuration Manager
Menu -> Tools -> Customize look and feel
Right click on the task bar or on the icons
Windows behaviour Openbox Configuration Manager --
Workspace behaviour Openbox Configuration Manager --
Desktop background Menu -> Tools -> ChBg
Right click on the Desktop
Menu -> Tools -> Desktop Preferences
Screensaver Menu -> Tools -> Screensaver --
Display settings Menu -> Tools -> System Tools -> Monitor Settings MCC / hardware / Set up the graphical server
Accessibility -- --
Localization Menu -> Tools -> Regional Settings MCC / System / Manage localization for your system
Preferred applications Menu -> Tools -> Preferred Applications --
Software Management -- MCC / Sotware Management
Menu -> Install & Remove Software
Power Management
(For Laptops)
No one
But it is possible to install one from third parties
Mouse and Keyboard Menu -> Tools -> System Tools -> Keyboard and Mouse MCC / hardware / Configure Mouse and Keyboard
Printer Menu -> Tools -> System Tools -> Print settings
Menu -> Tools -> System Tools -> Manage printing
MCC / hardware / Configure printing and scanning
Other hardware -- MCC / hardware
Network, Sharing, Internet, Disk management, Security, Boot ... -- MCC