GNOME has a couple of helpful methods for Logging out. You may either use the Logout menu item or the Logout button.
The Logout menu item is the first menu item you will find in the Main Menu. Simply select the Logout menu item and you will be prompted on whether you would like to log out or not. Select Yes and your GNOME session will end.
If you would like, you may add the Logout button to the Panel. This is just another method for logging out, it does not provide you any other functionality than the Logout menu item other than a pretty button. To add the Logout button to the Panel right mouse click on the Panel and select the Add logout button menu item from the pop-up menu. Once the button is there you may press it to log out.
NOTE: If you are running a window manager that is GNOME compliant the logout feature will quit the window manager as well as GNOME. If you are not running such a window manager you will have to end that window manager yourself.
The Logout dialog will display when you log out of GNOME. This dialog will ask you whether or not you really want to log out. It also provides you with different methods of quitting GNOME.
You have three choices on how to quit GNOME. You may Logout which will simply take you to a terminal, Halt which will shut down the whole system, or Reboot which will reboot the whole system.
If you do not want to log out you may press the No button and you will be returned to your GNOME session.
Figure 5-6. The Logout Dialog
Within the Logout Dialog there is one option you may choose before you leave GNOME.
If you would like to save your current setup you may select the Save current setup checkbox. This will save which programs you have open, and the configuration of your Panel.