You have just installed the software but you're not sure how to use it? This section is here to guide you in your first installations and teach you how to use the basic functions.
PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac, what difference?
In this wiki, we speak as well as PlayOnLinux PlayOnMac. But are the differences between the two programs?
Apart from the fact that the first is for Linux and the other is for Mac, it's two software are the same. The only major difference between the two programs are the layout and some options that are only available on one or the other. For reasons of convenience, you will only find PlayOnLinux images on this page. Also, it is important to show you the differences to avoid losing users PlayOnMac.
The difference you need to remember for now is the location of the menu bar. Aside from that, this guide is suitable for both users PlayOnLinux than PlayOnMac.
It is built on top of the software window as you can see in the picture below:
It is in the top bar of the system as you can see in the picture below:
The main window
The first time you launch the program, this window can seem a little empty. This is normal. It is in this window you will find the list of installed applications with PlayOnLinux / PlayOnMac.
Note that this window is divided into three parts:
The toolbar includes the shortcuts that you will most often use. There are five:
It will launch the application you selected in the list of applications.
Normally, when you quit an application, it should close properly, but sometimes it freezes. In this case, simply select it from list of applications and press the button Close . This will force Wine and the application to close fully without damaging your system.
This button will be most useful. It provides access to the list of applications that PlayOnLinux / PlayOnMac can install on your computer. But we will see this in detail later.
This button allows you to uninstall an actual application. We will see that later.
The actions panel
The action panel may seem very empty at the moment and this is normal. This is where you will find actions related applications installed. It offers at this time to install a program and access the settings PlayOnLinux / PlayOnMac.
When you select an application from the list, different actions:
- "Run" will run the selected application
- "Close" will close the selected application
- "Debug", which helps debug issues in an application
- "Configure" opens the Configure Window, but automatically selects the application that is highlighted
- "Creating a shortcut", which, as its name suggests, creates a shortcut on your desktop
- "Open the directory", which opens the folder containing the executable in the WINEPREFIX
- "Uninstall" uinstalls the software, and offers an option to delete the WINEPREFIX (otherwise known as a "virtual drive".)
The list of applications
This list will include all installed applications with PlayOnLinux or PlayOnMac which is also a list of shortcuts. From here you can easily launch, uninstall or configure these applications. It also offers a menu to the right click here are the options:
- Open the application folder
- Read the manual, if available
- Change the icon to change the launcher (useful if the application does not have one and want him to apply PlayOnLinux / PlayOnMac)
- Delete; simply uninstall the program
- Close applications, like the close button explained above
These are the basics for the interface. For more information on some of its features or menus, feel free to browse the rest of the wiki.
Installing an application is as simple as searching for it and following the installation wizard. To install an application:
- Click "Install" on the main window
- Either search for your program in the search bar, or choose from a category along the top
- Once you have found the application you are wanting to install, highlight it in the list, and click "Install" in the bottom-right corner of the PlayOnLinux Install Menu window
- Simply follow the on-screen instructions that pop up. They will guide you through the rest of the installation
That is all! It is really just that easy.
NOTE: At the top of the install Window, you will note some checkboxes. The one that says "No-cd needed" are for games that requires cracks. We absolutely do not support piracy or cracks of any kind. They are just there for posterity and for special circumstances. If you have issues with any installer in that category that has to do with piracy, we cannot help you.