Using a new operating system can be a daunting prospect but once you’ve learned the basics of how to use Ubuntu you’ll quickly discover its potential to allow you to go about your tasks with ease.
This is the Ubuntu desktop and what you’ll be greeted with once you’ve logged on. From this screen you’ll be able to get to anything you need.
The top bar is the bar along the top of the screen.
The Activities button on the top-left allows you to visually switch between open windows.
The middle section with the time and date allows you to access the notifications and a calendar, and if you configure their respective apps, it can also show upcoming events and reminders, the weather, world clocks and a whole host of things.
On the right-hand side of the top bar, you’ll notice some icons. This is the system menu. This is a quick and handy menu that you’ll need to use to change a whole host of system-related settings such as your screen’s brightness, the audio volume, WiFi, Bluetooth, locking the screen, system settings, logging off, shutting down, restarting etc. It’s well worth familiarising yourself with this menu by exploring each of the items in it.
Note: A handy tip with the volume icon in the top bar is that you can alter the volume by hovering over it with your cursor and scrolling up or down with your touchpad or mouse. Go ahead and give it a try!