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After some adjustments, I now have a more more interesting and useful desktop. If I want to bring one of those applications from the menu button to the main desktop, I right click on the app's icon and choose to place it on my desktop. Once there, I can move them to where I like.
To further adjust the display, I use the Cinnamon settings menu. From here, I can switch the menu panel from the bottom to the top, which I've done here and place the hot-button, for accessing other virtual desktops, to the lower-left corner.
If I want to install a new program to Mint, the operating system's Software Manager makes that easy. There is one small bug here though. Once you've used Software Manager to install a new program, here the Chromium Web browser, Software Manager doesn't update the program's status. In this case, I actually just finished installing Chromium but it's status won't change in the Software Manager page for the program until I leave its installation page and come back to it. This could easily trick a user into thinking that the program didn't actually install.