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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following utilities are found in the Control Panel of a PC-BSD® system, regardless of the desktop that is installed: