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Beginning with version 9.0, PC-BSD® provides a Control Panel which contains tools for managing your system. The Control Panel is available from any desktop, meaning it is available regardless of which desktop you log into.  
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Beginning with version 9.0, PC-BSD® provides a Control Panel which contains tools for managing your system. The Control Panel is available from any desktop, meaning it is available regardless of which desktop you log into.[[File:controlpanel1a.png|thumb|393px|'''Figure 8.a: PC-BSD® Control Panel''']]
  
'''NOTE:''' if an unsupported desktop does not contain an icon or menu item for Control Panel, simply type '''pc-controlpanel''' from a shell prompt to launch the Control Panel.
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If using an ''unsupported desktop'' that does not contain an icon or menu item for Control Panel, simply type '''pc-controlpanel''' from a shell prompt as an alternate method to launch the Control Panel. An open Control Panel window can be seen in Figure 8.a.
  
A screenshot of Control Panel can be seen in Figure 8.a:
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The search box in the upper right will help to find the proper control panel item to use if you know what you would like to configure but are uncertain which one would handle it.
  
'''Figure 8.a: PC-BSD® Control Panel'''
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Any icon that includes a yellow exclamation mark, will prompt for the superuser password in order to access that configuration utility.
  
[[File:controlpanel1.png]] <!-- current pic is within fluxbox of beta1 via VirtualBox, therefore 1024x768 VESA desktop-->
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{{note|width=48.5%|icon64=your user account must be a member of the ''wheel'' group in order to use the superuser password, or view the configuration utilities that require superuser access in the Control Panel. By default, the first user account that you create is made a member of the ''wheel'' group. You can log in as that user and use [[User Manager]] to add other accounts to this group.}}
  
If you know what you would like to configure but not which control panel icon to use, use the search bar in the upper right corner.
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=== Desktop Selector ===
  
If an icon includes a yellow exclamation mark, you will need the superuser password in order to access that configuration utility.  
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Control Panel includes a desktop selector drop-down menu which allows you to view the configuration utilities from KDE3 and 4, GNOME2, XFCE3 and 4, or LXDE. Figure 8.b shows the desktop selector menu in use. In this example, the user is currently logged into the LXDE desktop but they have chosen to view the GNOME utilities. The icon will relate to the control panel view, while "(current)" will be beside the desktop that is presently active. If any other desktop were active, then "Unsupported DE (current)" would be shown. The icon used for unsupported desktops, when ''at least one'' is installed, looks like a window with a red 'X' on the lower left corner.
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[[File:Controlpanel2a.png|thumb|393px|'''Figure 8.b: Desktop Selector Menu''']]
  
'''NOTE:''' your user account must be a member of the ''wheel'' group in order to use the superuser password. If your account is not a member of this group, you will not see the configuration utilities that require superuser access in the Control Panel. By default, the first user account that you create is made a member of the ''wheel'' group. You can log in as that user and use [[User Manager]] to add other accounts to this group.
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Switching between the icons in the selector changes the icons displayed within the control panel window to match those used in that desktop. If "All" is set by the desktop selector, you will see every utility that is available, depending upon which desktops are currently installed. You can change which desktops are installed by using [[System Manager#Install.2FUninstall Desktops and System Components| System Manager]].
 
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Control Panel includes a desktop selector menu which allows you to load the configuration utilities from KDE3 and 4, GNOME2, XFCE3 and 4, and LXDE. Figure 8.b shows the desktop selector menu. In this example, the user is currently logged into the LXDE desktop but they have chosen to view the GNOME utilities. You can tell that this is the case as the icon is the GNOME foot and the menu indicates that LXDE is "(current)".
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'''Figure 8.b: Desktop Selector Menu'''
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[[File:Controlpanel2a.png]]
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'''NOTE:''' if you select another desktop or "All", you will see which additional utilities are available. However, if that desktop is not currently installed, no additional icons will be added to Control Panel. You can install additional desktops using [[System Manager#Install.2FUninstall Desktops and System Components| System Manager]].
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This section demonstrates how to use the following utilities which are found in the Control Panel of a PC-BSD® system, regardless of the desktop that is installed:
 
This section demonstrates how to use the following utilities which are found in the Control Panel of a PC-BSD® system, regardless of the desktop that is installed:
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Revision as of 16:39, 30 March 2013

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Contents

Beginning with version 9.0, PC-BSD® provides a Control Panel which contains tools for managing your system. The Control Panel is available from any desktop, meaning it is available regardless of which desktop you log into.
Figure 8.a: PC-BSD® Control Panel

If using an unsupported desktop that does not contain an icon or menu item for Control Panel, simply type pc-controlpanel from a shell prompt as an alternate method to launch the Control Panel. An open Control Panel window can be seen in Figure 8.a.

The search box in the upper right will help to find the proper control panel item to use if you know what you would like to configure but are uncertain which one would handle it.

Any icon that includes a yellow exclamation mark, will prompt for the superuser password in order to access that configuration utility.

NOTE: Your user account must be a member of the wheel group in order to use the superuser password, or view the configuration utilities that require superuser access in the Control Panel. By default, the first user account that you create is made a member of the wheel group. You can log in as that user and use User Manager to add other accounts to this group.

Desktop Selector

Control Panel includes a desktop selector drop-down menu which allows you to view the configuration utilities from KDE3 and 4, GNOME2, XFCE3 and 4, or LXDE. Figure 8.b shows the desktop selector menu in use. In this example, the user is currently logged into the LXDE desktop but they have chosen to view the GNOME utilities. The icon will relate to the control panel view, while "(current)" will be beside the desktop that is presently active. If any other desktop were active, then "Unsupported DE (current)" would be shown. The icon used for unsupported desktops, when at least one is installed, looks like a window with a red 'X' on the lower left corner.

Figure 8.b: Desktop Selector Menu

Switching between the icons in the selector changes the icons displayed within the control panel window to match those used in that desktop. If "All" is set by the desktop selector, you will see every utility that is available, depending upon which desktops are currently installed. You can change which desktops are installed by using System Manager.

This section demonstrates how to use the following utilities which are found in the Control Panel of a PC-BSD® system, regardless of the desktop that is installed:

Software and updates
System management
Hardware
Networking
Tools