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CentOS 8 GUI tour with screenshots

In the previous post, I have shown you how to install CentOS 8. Here I am, again, this time with a post on CentOS 8 GUI tour. Let’s get this party started, just switch on your system and follow my instructions and screenshots.

1. Login page of CentOS 8 GUI

  • You will get a login page with all the created users listed.
  • During the installation, we have created a user ‘Linux Hawks‘ and you can select the same.
  • This whole section will be covering in ‘Classic (X11 display server)‘ mode.
  • Once you select the user, it will ask you for the password. Enter the password and click on ‘Sign In‘.

2. Welcome Page

  • A ‘Welcome‘ page will appear on the screen if the user is log in the first time in the system.
  • By default ‘English‘ is select, you can change the language as per your requirement. Click on ‘Next‘.
  • On the next page, you will get the option to select your keyboard layout. By default ‘English (US)‘ is select. Click on ‘Next‘.
  • Next page is ‘Privacy‘. You can simply click on ‘Next‘.
  • Next, you can connect with your online accounts like Google, Nextcloud, Microsoft, and Facebook. It’s not mandatory, so you can skip this one.
  • Finally ‘Ready to Go‘ page is here. Click on ‘Start Using CentOS Linux‘.

3. Desktop Screen

  • Here is your first look of ‘CentOS 8 Desktop‘.

4. Date, Time & Notifications

  • From the top right corner, you can check your date and time. Also, you can check the notifications from here.
  • On the left side, you will have all the notifications listed.
  • Click on ‘Clear‘ to get rid of all the notifications.

5. Volume, Network & User

  • If you click on any of the three icons from the very top right corner, you will get a drop-down menu.
  • The first is ‘Volume’ with a speaker icon. You can adjust the volume by using your mouse click.
  • If you click on ‘Wired Network‘, two options will appear. Those are ‘Turn Off‘ and ‘Wired Settings‘.
  • Click on ‘Wired Settings‘, to configure your system network settings.
  • Click on the gear icon to check or remove the setting. If everything is fine you can click on ‘Apply‘.
  • To remove, click on ‘Remove Connection Profile‘.
  • If you want to enter the IP address manually, you can use the IPv4‘ menu option and select ‘Manual‘.
  • In the same way, you can use the ‘IPv6‘ option to enter the address manually.
  • To enter ‘Proxy‘, click on the gear icon beside ‘Network Proxy‘ and enter the settings.
  • Click on the top right corner icon again. This time, select user ‘Linux Hawks’.
  • Three options will appear, ‘Switch User’, ‘Log Out’, and ‘Account Settings‘.
  • If you click on ‘Switch User‘, it will log you out of the system without any warning message.
  • A window will appear, if you click on the ‘Log Out’ option. Confirmation is required if you want to log out.
  • To change the user settings, click on ‘Account Settings‘.
  • Before making any changes, you need to ‘Unlock‘ it.
  • Authentication Required‘ dialog box will appear. You need to enter the password for the user. Once the password is entered, click on ‘Authenticate‘.
  • If your account is having admin rights, you can modify or create users.

6. Applications options

  • The ‘Applications’ menu will give you all the installed utilities and tools.
  • These are the pre-installed applications with the CentOS installation.
  • In the ‘System Tools‘ option, you will have the ‘Software‘ tool. This one is like your ‘Control Panel -> Install Programs‘.
  • By selecting ‘Installed‘, you can check all the installed applications on your system. If you want to remove any, simply click on ‘Remove‘ in front of the application which you want to remove.
  • If any updates are available, you can see the same in the ‘Updates‘ tab.
  • Click on ‘Download‘ to install all the available updates.

7. Places option

  • Click on ‘Places‘ from top left corner.
  • If you click on ‘Home‘, it will take you to the logged in user home directory. We will discuss later about the home directory.

8. Power Off

  • To power off the system from GUI, you can go to the top right corner and click on the round icon. From the drop-down menu, select the highlighted icon.
  • A window will appear on the screen with a message and few options.
  • It will show you all the users who are logged in currently into the system.
  • Click on ‘Power Off‘ else it will automatically shutdown in 60 seconds.

Hope this article was informational for you. I will be back with more stuff on my blog, meanwhile keep exploring your system.

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