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One of the best features about Zorin OS is that you can change the look of the desktop. The default is "Windows 7", shown on the previous page. Shown above is the "Windows XP" look. When you switch between these two, the first thing you notice is that the bottom panel changes, both in layout and content.
The "Quick Launch" application area disappears from the left side of the panel, and when you click on the "Zorin Menu" (at the left end of the bottom panel, where the Windows "Start" button is by default) you see that the layout and content of the menu has changed.
This menu is vaguely reminiscent of the Windows XP Start menu, but it is far from identical to it. Maybe I sound like I am splitting hairs here, but considering the way Zorin is promoted, I feel like it should be a lot closer being identical to Windows XP (and/or 7). However, if you will forgive them the variance, this is a very nifty feature, and it certainly does work very well.
If you hover the cursor on "All Applications", it will pop up a new window with the Application/Category menus. Again, not quite the way XP did it, but probably close enough that a user would recognise it.
There you can navigate through the menu hierarchy to find whatever program or application you might want. One thing I haven't figured out how to do yet is add more items to the static (left) portion of the Zorin menu.
The third option in the Zorin Look Changer is Gnome 2, shown above. It has top and bottom panels, with 'Applications' and 'Places' menus and various icons on the top panel, and a task bar and desktop selection on the bottom panel.
Those who are used to Gnome 2 (or MATE) should be comfortable with this desktop, although they might be surprised and disappointed (as I was) to find that you can't right-click the panels to change Preferences. Perhaps this is possible in some other way or some other place. Perhaps not...
This is the last of the Zorin "Looks", there is no Windows 8 (thank God for that). However, if you right-click on the Zorin Menu button in the panel, and then choose 'Preferences' you will find a list of other menu styles and icons. Some of these are pretty nice, so take a look if this kind of thing interests you.
Another nice feature of the Zorin OS is the Web Browser Manager'(found on the 'Internet' menu). The Zorin Core distribution comes with Chrome installed. This utility lets you install (or uninstall) Firefox, Opera or Midori as well.
When you select one to be installed it actually goes through the package manager to download and install it, and it will then be added to the Internet menu and will show up as being installed in the Software Centre or Synaptic.
Interestingly, when I installed Firefox this way, after the installation was complete I suddenly got a notification that there were a lot of updates available. Apparently the installation process had set up the software sources and refreshed the cache.
By the way, I am pleased that Zorin OS still includes the Synaptic Package Manager in addition to the Software Centre. I still prefer to use Synaptic, so I was disappointed when it was dropped from Ubuntu. Yes, I know that I can still put it back there myself, but that's just one more step, so I'm happier this way. Humour me.