Common Human Interface Guideline

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The purpose of this page is to help direct the defaults given in PC-BSD® for all of the available desktops whether "supported" or "unsupported" so that the initial configuration is more intuitive, reasonable, usable, and non-jarring. The intent is not to emulate Mac or Windows, however, some things may be accepted widely enough to consider. Not all desktops contain all options as listed, but should conform to the guideline where ever possible. The defaults defined here may also influence function/effect(s) within PC-BSD specific applications or modules.



Screen Edges

left-top, center-top, right-top each may be set to different effects.
These would be considered jarring and unexpected, and therefore should be unset/disabled.


The most common method of workspace switching is via pager module or widget, or a menu item. Switching by way of a mouse scroll-wheel would be considered jarring and should not be enabled.

Edge resistance


click to focus/focus follows mouse
These are the two common options but it is fairly obvious which is selected as default, so either would be ok.
single/double-click to open or execute
Both Windows and MacOS have preferred double-click.


Title bar


Initial position

Under mouse/centered
Centering newly appearing windows is one way to increase the likelihood that the entire window will be visible.

Handles, frames, and resizers



  • minimum size
  • position and ordering

Services and Eye Candy

Extra services and frills provided by the desktop where those do not specifically define the personality of the desktop should not be enabled by default.

Personal tools