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Using the AmigaOS desktop (Workbench), filemanagers, and Workbench replacements

The AmigaOS “desktop” is called Workbench. Some basics:

  • First of all, you get menus by holding down the right mouse button. On the Amiga, like in OS/X, the application wide menus appear at the top of the screen. Some applications also have contextual menus that appear by the mouse pointer.
  • The windows representing folders can be made to always re-open in the same location and with the same size. You do this by clicking on the window, holding down the right mouse button and selecting “Snapshot” from the menus.
  • If using AmigaOS 3 the folders need to be manually refreshed.
  • You can choose to “leave out” an icon for a folder. This is similar to placing a shortcut on the desktop.
  • Many applications can iconify to the desktop - you might have seen this on some Linux windows managers or on Next.

MorphOS uses Ambient desktop by default. It has some differences to Workbench used in AmigaOS.

  • You can let Ambient remember window and icon positions automatically
  • You can choose to “leave out” not only folders and programs but also your assigns


TODO: Description, examples (how to setup screens, themes, etc)


TODO: Description of default commodities, list of 3 party useful ones

Icons and Tooltypes

TODO: Amiga Icons and other icon types. Tooltypes.

Filetypes and Deficons


Ambient has built-in configuration for most of filetypes. If you wish to add more you can add new types from mimetype settings in Ambient.


TODO: Description and examples of filetypes configurations.


TODO: Description and how to work/edit AmiDock.

RAM & RAD disks

TODO: Description, differences and usage (utility).

File managers

TODO: Diskmaster. Directory Opus. Filer. AmiDisk. Others?

Workbench Replacements

  • Directory Opus Magellan

TODO: Descriptions. Others?

Workbench replacements on Amiga-like OS's

  • Ambient (MorphOS desktop)
  • Wanderer (AROS desktop)
workbench.txt · Last modified: 2011/09/30 07:53 by