To open the Applications Menu with the keyboard, press <kbd>&#8984;</kbd> + <kbd>Space</kbd>.
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As with every operating system there are some things that you may not be familiar with. This section will deal with how to complete simple, every day tasks such as browsing the web and listening to music, as well as other useful information that you may be unaware of.
The Desktop
The elementary OS desktop is very simple and easy to learn. It consists of two elements: the panel and the dock. You can customize the desktop's wallpaper through <strong><a href="/docs/learning-the-basics#system-settings">System Settings</a></strong> → <strong>Desktop</strong> → <strong>Wallpaper</strong>.
The Panel
At the top of the desktop is the Panel. On the left is the Applications Menu, in the center are the date and time, and on the right are the Indicators.
Applications menu
Time and date
Applications Menu
On the left side of the panel is the Applications Menu. Selecting <strong>Applications</strong> opens the menu with all of your installed apps. You can view multiple pages of apps using the pagers at the bottom or by scrolling. You can also use the view switcher at the top to switch between a grid view and a category view.
You can search for apps by name or by keyword and perform actions associated with them. You can also search for System Settings panes. Some of the actions you can find in search include:
Shut Down and Restart
Compose Message
New Private Browsing Window
Math operations (example: 23 * 5)
To open the Applications Menu with the keyboard, press <kbd>&#8984;</kbd> + <kbd>Space</kbd>.
On the right side of the panel are icons called Indicators. These tell you of the current status of your session and device, i.e. network connections, battery, sound input and output, notifications, etc. Selecting an indicator exposes more information and related actions.
A middle click or three finger tap on an indicator will present you with the following quick actions:
Sound: Toggle mute for the current output
Bluetooth: Toggle Bluetooth on or off
Power: Hide/show the percentage of battery remaining
Notifications: Toggle Do Not Disturb mode
Session: Show the Shut Down dialog
The Dock
At the bottom of the desktop is the Dock. It contains your favorite apps well as any apps that are currently open.
The contents of the dock are easily customizable. To add an app to the dock, drag and drop it from the Applications Menu or right-click an open app's icon and choose <strong>Keep in Dock</strong>. To remove an app from the dock, drag it off and drop it in an empty space on your desktop or right-click the icon and uncheck <strong>Keep in Dock</strong>. To rearrange apps on the dock, simply drag and drop them.
By default, the dock hides off the bottom of the desktop when an app is maximized. Simply move your mouse to the bottom center of the desktop to reveal the dock.
You can customize the dock's behavior through <strong><a href="/docs/learning-the-basics#system-settings">System Settings</a></strong> → <strong>Desktop</strong> → <strong>Dock</strong>.
App Windows
Apps exist in their own windows which can be closed, maximized, or moved around.
When you open an app, its window appears on the desktop. Each app typically has three areas: the window buttons, a toolbar, and the contents of the app.


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