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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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'''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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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:controlpanel1c.png|thumb|393px|'''Figure 8.a: PC-BSD® Control Panel''']]
  
A screenshot of Control Panel can be seen in Figure 8.a:
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'''Figure 8.a: PC-BSD Control Panel'''
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A screenshot of Control Panel started from the KDE desktop can be seen in Figure 8.a.
  
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The search box in the upper right can be used to find the proper control panel item if you know what you would like to configure but are uncertain which utility to use.
  
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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If an icon includes a yellow exclamation mark, you will need to input your 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. 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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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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Control Panel includes a desktop selector drop-down menu which allows you to view the configuration utilities from KDE4, GNOME2, XFCE4, 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 menu icon indicates 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 installed unsupported desktops looks like a window with a red 'X' on the lower left corner.
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[[File:Controlpanel2b.png|thumb|393px|'''Figure 8.b: Desktop Selector Menu''']]
  
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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 using {{local|link=Package Manager}}.
  
'''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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The following utilities are found in the Control Panel of a PC-BSD® system, regardless of the desktop that is installed:
  
=== Default Control Panel Icons ===
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===== Software and updates ===== <!--T:11-->
  
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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* {{local|link=AppCafe®}}
  
;Software and updates
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* {{local|link=EasyPBI2}}
  
* [[Using AppCafe® | AppCafe®]] 
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* {{local|link=Package Manager}}
  
* [[EasyPBI]]
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===== System management ===== <!--T:13-->
  
;System management
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* {{local|link=About}}
  
* [[About]]
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* {{local|link=Active Directory & LDAP}}
  
* [[Active Directory Config]]
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* {{local|link=Boot Manager}}
  
* [[Hardware Compatibility]]
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* {{local|link=Hardware Compatibility}}
  
* [[GDM Configuration]]
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* {{local|link=GDM Manager}}
  
* [[Service Manager]]
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* {{local|link=Service Manager}}
 
    
 
    
* [[System Manager]]  
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* [[User Manager]]
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* {{local|link=Update Manager}}
  
;Hardware
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* {{local|link=User Manager}}
  
* [[Mount Tray]]
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===== Hardware ===== <!--T:20-->
  
* [[Sound Configuration]]
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* {{local|link=Bluetooth Manager}}
  
* [[Display]]
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* {{local|link=Mount Tray}}
  
* [[Printing]]
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* {{local|link=Sound Configuration}}
  
;Networking
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* {{local|link=Display}}
  
* [[Network Configuration]]   
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* {{local|link=Printing}}
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* {{local|link=Scanner}}
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* {{local|link=Network Configuration}}
 
      
 
      
* [[Firewall Manager]]
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* {{local|link=Firewall Manager}}
  
;Tools
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* [[Adobe Flash Player preferences]]
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* {{local|link=Adobe Flash Player preferences}}
 
    
 
    
* [[Life Preserver]]
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* [[Warden]]
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* {{local|link=PC-BSD® Bug Reporting}}
  
* [[Thin Client]]  <!-- Thin Client does not currently have an icon in Control Panel, does it appear under specific conditions? -->
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* {{local|link=Warden®}}
  
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Revision as of 14:12, 20 September 2013

(Sorry for the inconvenience)

Contents

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
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.

A screenshot of Control Panel started from the KDE desktop can be seen in Figure 8.a.

The search box in the upper right can be used to find the proper control panel item if you know what you would like to configure but are uncertain which utility to use.

If an icon includes a yellow exclamation mark, you will need to input your password in order to access that configuration utility.

NOTE: If your user account is not a member of the wheel group, you will not see the configuration utilities in Control Panel that require a password. 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 KDE4, GNOME2, XFCE4, 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 menu icon indicates 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 installed unsupported desktops 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 using Package Manager.

Included Utilities

The following utilities 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
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