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Enlightenment Menus

Like all other window managers Enlightenment is designed to be used with or without a desktop environment like GNOME running on top of it. This means that there is some funcitonality in it which allows you to do things like start applications and move between deksotps, etc.

To this end, Enlightenment provides you with menus to launch applications and perform tasks. These menus may be used in one of two places that provide different functionality: the desktop and any window border.

Enlightenment Desktop Menus

To access the desktop menus, click with your middle mouse button (or both right and left mouse buttons if you have emulation enabled) on the desktop. This will bring up the Enlightenment menus.

The desktop menus will provide you with various applications that you might have installed on your system. There are some applications in the menu that you may not have installed which the creator of Enlightenment chose to put in the menus.

The GNOME main menu items are mirrored in the Enlightenment menus as well. Plus you can launch the Enlightenment Configuration tool or change themes on the fly.

Guide to Enlightenment Desktop Menus

IMPORTANT: These menus may be different if the creator of an Enlightenment theme changes them. If there are options not covered in this guide you should check the documentation associated with the theme you are using.

  • GNOME Apps - This is a mirror of the GNOME Main Menu applications.

  • User Apps - This is a mirror of any apps you have added to the User menu in the GNOME Main Menu.

  • Other Programs - These are applications that the creator of Enlightenment or the creator of the theme you are using decides to include. You may or may not have these applications loaded on you machine.

  • Desktop - This menu includes items that make changes to your desktops.

    • Cleanup Desktop - This will rearrange the windows on your desktop to a cleaner pattern by arranging them in a pre-determined order. This is very useful if you are having trouble finding an application due to the clutter on your desktop.

    • Go to Next Destop - This will take you to either the next desktop or the next desktop area you have, depending on which is next.

    • Go to Previous Desktop - This will take you to either the previous desktop or area, depending on which is next.

    • FX Ripples - If you have time on your hands and perhaps a good sense of humor, select this item and keep a close eye on the bottom of your screen.

  • Themes - This will search the themes directory for any themes you have installed on your machine. You may select any theme you have available and change the theme on the fly.

  • Enlightenment Configuration - This will launch the Enlightenment Configuration tool.

  • About Enlightenment - This will launch a small window to give you more information on Enlightenment.

  • Help - This will launch Enlightenment's Help System

  • Restart Enlightenment - This will restart Enlightenment completely. If you are using GNOME on top of Enlightenment this is not a recommended option, instead, you should use the GNOME Logout.

Enlightenment Window Menus

The menus that are provided on the window borders can be launched one of two ways. If the creator of the theme you are using has included it you may use a menu button. You might find that this is not the case for certain themes, in which case you can use the second selection method.

The second way to get the window border menus is to press the Alt key and the right mouse button anywhere on the window border or in the window itself. This will work with the default keyboard shortcuts that ship with Enlightenment but you should check and make sure that you have not changed this keystrokes in the Enlightenment Configuration Tool.

The Enlightenment window border menus allow you to do specific things to the window itself.

Guide to Enlightenment Window Menus

IMPORTANT: These menus may be different if the creator of an Enlightenment theme changes them. If there are options not covered in this guide you should check the documentation associated with the theme you are using.

  • Close - This will close the window.

  • Annihilate - This will kill the application if you are having trouble closing the window.

  • Iconify - This will iconify your window. If you are using the GNOME Pager it will simply minimize the window to the task list on the GNOME Pager. If you are not running the GNOME Pager it will minimize it to an icon based on the applciation.

  • Raise - This will raise the window to the front of all other windows on your desktop.

  • Lower - This will lower the window to the bottom of all of the windows on the desktop.

  • Shade/Unshade - This will "shade" a window or unshade it if it has already been shaded. Shading a window will "draw" the window up into the window titlebar so that all you see is the titlebar itself.

  • Stick/Unstick - This menu item allows you to make a window visible on all desktops and desktop areas.

  • Desktop - The items in this menu allows you to move a window to another desktop area. The selections available are: Move to Area Right; Move to Area Left; Move to Area Above; Move to Area Below.

  • Window Size - The items in this menu allow you to resize your window to certain ranges. The ranges are divided into Height, Width, and Size (both height and width). Within these ranges you can select how you wish to resize to the ranges.