Elementary OS 的桌面非常簡單易學。它由兩部分組成：面板和dock。您可以通過System Settings→Desktop → Wallpaper自定義桌面壁紙。
At the top of the screen you can see the Panel. On the left is the Applications Menu, in the center are the time and date, and on the right are the Indicators.
On the left side of the panel is the Applications Menu. Selecting Applications opens the menu with all of your installed apps. You can view multiple pages of apps using the pagers at the bottom or by scrolling. You can also use the view switcher at the top to switch between a grid view and a category view.
You can search for apps by name or by keyword and perform actions associated with them. You can also search for System Settings panes. Some of the actions you can find in search include:
To open the Applications Menu with the keyboard, press ⌘ + space.
On the right side of the panel are icons called Indicators. These tell you of the current status of your session, i.e. your network connections, battery power, sound input and output, notifications, etc. Selecting an indicator exposes more information and related actions.
A middle click or three finger tap on an indicator will present you with the following quick actions:
The contents of the dock are easily customizable. To add an app to the dock, drag and drop it from the Applications Menu or right-click an open app's icon and choose Keep in Dock. To remove an app from the dock, drag it off and drop it in an empty space on your desktop or right-click the icon and uncheck Keep in Dock. To rearrange apps on the dock, simply drag and drop them.
By default, the dock hides off the bottom of the screen when an app is maximized. Simply move your mouse to the bottom center of the screen to reveal the dock.
You can customize the dock's behavior through System Settings → Desktop → Dock.
Many apps have a HeaderBar at the top of the app. This area contains common actions or navigation items for the app, plus the Window Buttons.
You can move an app's window around the desktop by dragging anywhere on the HeaderBar, including on buttons.
An app's Window Buttons are at the top corners of the app window. The close button is on the left and the maximize button is on the right. Pressing the close button will close the app's window. Pressing the maximize button will toggle whether the app window takes up the full screen or not.
elementary OS 支持兩種多工作業檢視：視窗 和 工作區。
Apps open in app windows. They can overlap on your desktop and be moved around. You can switch between windows several ways:
You can customize these shortcuts through System Settings → Keyboard → Shortcuts → Windows.
You can also configure "hot corners" (shortcuts activated by placing your cursor in the corner of the display) to activate multi-tasking functions like the window overview, workspace overview, and more.
You can customize hot corners through System Settings → Desktop → Hot Corners.
By default, all app windows open on one workspace. However, you can use multiple workspaces to organize your workflow:
You can customize these shortcuts through System Settings → Keyboard → Shortcuts → Workspaces.
Note: ⌘ refers to the "super" key. It is also known as the "Windows" key on most PCs or the "Command" key on Macs.
The panel, dock, and workspaces appear only on the primary display. Any other attached displays act as standalone workspaces. To manage and rearrange displays, head to System Settings → Displays. Your primary display is marked with a filled-in star () and each display's settings can be changed from its cog () menu.
elementary OS comes bundled with AppCenter, an app store for free apps. Installing a new app from AppCenter is easy:
Note: Some software may not be available from AppCenter. While we don't recommend downloading software from the general Internet, apps that are compatible with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS should work on elementary OS Loki.
elementary OS includes updates as part of AppCenter. Notice the tab "Updates" at the top of the window. We recommend you check for updates at least once a week to make sure your computer has the latest features and protection.
For more information related to security patches, read the Ubuntu security notices.
Elementary OS 附帶了一個名為“系統設定”的應用程序，用於控制您的系統(全域)設定。系統設定讓你自行調整鍵盤快捷鍵，顯示分辨率，牆紙，以及其他選項。
Keep in mind that System Settings only deals with the global preferences for elementary OS. Although some apps may also have their own preferences, you will not find them here. Instead, look for them inside the app in question.