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Learning the Basics
Learn about the elementary OS desktop and how to navigate windows, workspaces, and more.
Desktop
The elementary OS desktop consists of two elements: the Panel and the Dock. You can customize the desktop wallpaper by secondary-clicking the desktop—right click on a mouse, or two-finger tap on a touchpad. You can also change the desktop's look and behavior from <strong><a href="#system-settings">System Settings</a></strong> → <strong>Desktop</strong>.
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 System Indicators.
Applications Menu
Date &amp; Time
System Indicators
The Panel
To open or search for installed apps, select <strong>Applications</strong> on the Panel. You can page through your apps by scrolling on a mouse, swiping with two fingers on a touchpad, or by using the pager dots at the bottom. You can also use the view switcher at the top to switch between showing your apps in a grid or a categorized list.
Start typing in the Applications Menu to search your apps by name or by keyword. Searching will also display app actions and System Settings. For example, by searching you can:
<strong>Shut Down</strong> or <strong>Restart</strong> your device
<strong>Compose Message</strong> with Mail
Open a <strong>New Incognito Window</strong> in Web
Calculate quick math operations like <strong>23 * 5</strong>
Take a <strong>Screenshot of the Current Window</strong>
Find specific settings like <strong>Keyboard → Layout → Compose Key</strong>
To open the Applications Menu with the keyboard, press <kbd title="Super, or the Windows or Command key">&#8984;</kbd><kbd>Space</kbd>.
The Date &amp; Time indicator at the center of the Panel displays the current date and time. Click or tap anywhere on the date or time to display a calendar and upcoming events. Double-click a day or select an event to open it in the full Calendar app.
The System Indicators at the right of the Panel display the status of device, i.e. network connections, battery, sound input and output, notifications, etc. Selecting an indicator exposes more information and related actions.
Hovering an indicator with the mouse cursor also displays quick information and the middle-click or three finger tap shortcut for the indicator. For example:
Sound: Mute
Bluetooth: Turn Bluetooth on or off
Power: Toggle percentage of battery remaining in the Panel
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