Moksha Settings Panel

Moksha Settings Panel

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Moksha Settings Panel

Moksha settings are customized by means of dialog boxes (configuration windows). These can be accessed via the Settings Panel or if you know the name of the configuration dialog box you want to open, the Quick Launcher.

The settings fall into two types:

  • General settings, such as themes, fonts, and virtual desktops. The dialog boxes for these are most easily accessed by typing the first few characters of the dialog box name into the Everything launcher. (Alternatively, use the menu system or Settings Panel.)
  • Object settings, such as settings for individual gadgets and windows. The dialog boxes for these are accessed by right-clicking the object and choosing the appropriate item from the context menu.

This article is a beginners’ guide to general Moksha Settings Panel. It lists the names of the dialog boxes: you need the name in order to open the dialog box with the Quick Launcher (rather than via the more cumbersome menu system or Settings Panel). To run Quick Launcher (historically called Everything Launcher), press WinKey + Space then type the first few letters of the settings dialog box you want to use.

Note that some dialog box names typed into the Quick Launcher will offer you more than one choice. Type file, for example, and you may in error run the File Manager rather than open the File Manager Settings dialog box. To restrict the choice to just Settings, excluding other possibilities, set up a key binding to run the Settings plugin rather than the full Everything program. For example, you might set up Win+Shift+F1, to do this, as shown in the screenshot below. From then on you can useWin+Shift+F1 to give easy access to dialog boxes.

Key Binding Settings
This article classifies the general settings dialog boxes as follows:
1.  Look – controlling the appearance of your desktop (themes, colors, fonts, compositing, menus, etc.)
2.  Apps – launching and displaying apps (application launchers, Favorites, window management, etc.)
3.  Admin – productivity and housekeeping (bindings, shelves, file management options, virtual desktops, etc.)
4.  System – managing your hardware and performance (power options, screen blanking, keyboard, mouse, etc.)

Note that some dialog boxes are not for beginners, and they are omitted from the list below; they will be covered in a separate article ‘Other Settings’ (to be written).

1.  ‘Look’ dialog boxes: controlling the desktop appearance

Application Theme: Select the GTK theme, i.e. the theme that controls the appearance of application windows (scroll bars, etc). Also, select the icon theme (at the Icon section).

Wallpaper: Select wallpapers, import wallpapers, and, in the advanced section, specify the virtual desktop on which the wallpaper is to be placed.

Colors: Select the color for individual elements of a theme, including its outline and transparency. Click ‘custom colors’ to make a change, click this again to return to the default setting. The changes you can make depend on the theme capabilities.

Fonts: Set the font globally or, in the Advanced section, for individual elements of a theme. You must tick ‘Enable Font Class’ to make an adjustment. Tick this again to return to the default setting.

Borders: Set the default border style for windows.

Transitions: Set the transition animation for e.g. switching desktops. If you have a slow computer, you may wish to set these to ‘None’.

Scaling: Set the scaling for your desktop. The default is 1.2, but if you have weak eyes you may wish to set it higher.

Startup: Set the splash screen to show on boot-up.

Menus: Control what information is shown in the menus and the menu scrolling behaviour

Dialogs: Set whether dialog boxes have title bars like normal windows, whether to remember their size and position, and whether to disable confirmation dialogs.

NOTE: For compositing an additional module will need to be installed and enabled in the settings panel.

sudo apt install moksha-module-comptonmod

Open the Module settings (Main Menu > Settings > Modules) and enable Compton ModCompton Mod

2.  ‘Apps’ dialog boxes – controlling apps

Personal Application Launchers: Create .desktop files to execute commands or run applications and which can be added to menus.

Favorite Applications: Set up the Favorites menu – add/remove items, and arrange them in order.

iBar Applications: Specify the contents of the default iBar, and arrange them in order. (The contents of other iBars – assuming you have more than one – must be set by right-clicking them.)

Startup Applications: Add / remove startup applications.

Default Applications: Specify the default browser, email client, file manager, and terminal.

3.  ‘Screen’ dialog boxes – productivity and housekeeping

Virtual desktops: Specify the number of virtual desktops and the animation when switching between them. You can also set their wallpapers from here.

Screen Lock:

Blanking: Enable/disable screen blanking and set blanking options.

Backlight: Allows you to dim or brighten the screen.

4. ‘Windows’ dialog boxes

A number of fairly advanced dialog boxes for controlling the appearance and behaviour of windows

5. ‘Menus’ dialog boxes

A number of fairly advanced dialog boxes for controlling the appearance and behaviour of menus

6. ‘Advanced’ dialog boxes

A number of fairly advanced dialog boxes for controlling various aspects of system performance

7. ‘Files’ dialog boxes

File Manager: Specify various settings for the Moksha File Manager (PCManFM), including managing desktop icons.

File Icons:  Shows which icons are being used.

Places: Specify which “places” (Home, desktop, etc) are displayed

8. ‘Input’ dialog boxes

Edge Bindings: Specify the actions that occur when you click on (or move the mouse too) the various edges and corners of the screen.

Key Bindings: Specify the actions that occur when you press various key combinations.

Mouse Bindings: Specify the actions that occur when the mouse is used

ACPI Bindings: Specify the actions that for laptop lid close, brightness controls, volume, etc, etc

Touch: Specify thumb scroll options

Mouse: Set the size and appearance of the mouse pointer and its speed of movement.

Keyboard: Allows you to set the correct keyboard for your country – click Add if your keyboard is not shown.

9. ‘Launcher’ dialog boxes

A number of fairly advanced dialog boxes for controlling various aspects of Everything Launcher

10. ‘Settings’ dialog boxes


Profiles: Profiles store many of your settings, and this dialog box allows you to add a named profile and to switch between profiles.

11. ‘Extensions’ dialog boxes

Clipboard Settings: Specify clipboard settings.

Modules: Specify which modules are loaded on your system, including modules for gadgets. The Language and Keyboard modules are not loaded by default, but you can load them here.

Screenshot Settings: Specify screenshot settings

Shelves: Add shelves, specify their contents and settings and delete shelves.

Pager: Specify various options to do with switching between virtual desktops

Gadgets: Specify which gadgets appear on the desktop, and set desktop background options.

12. ‘Preferences’ dialog boxes

ARandR: Specify screen settings such as resolution, output target (display)

Elementary Configuration:

eSudo Properties:

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