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KDE 4.2: Ten Tips for Getting Started

Feb 24, 2009, 16:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

[ Thanks to Jmaguire for this link. ]

"1) Going in and out of customization display

"Probably the first thing you should know about KDE 4 is that it has separate views for customizing desktop and panel options.

"On the desktop, you cannot add widgets (or, depending on the distribution, icons) until you go to the desktop toolkit -- the cashew or kidney-shaped icon in the upper right of the desktop -- and select Unlock Widgets. When this selection is chosen, any widget or icon you add has a collar of four mini-icons. From the top to the bottom, these mini-icons allow you to resize, move, configure, and delete the widget to which they are attached. After you are finished adding a widget or icon, select Lock Widgets from the desktop toolkit to prevent further editing. You can still right-click on the desktop and select Icons to sort and align icons.

"The panel works the same way, requiring you to select Unlock Widgets from its right-click menu before you can customize anything. Once you have done so, select Panel Options -> Panel Settings to get into customization mode. A configuration panel appears above the actual panel that allows you to move the panel to another edge of the screen, adjust the height, add widgets -- the same set as on the desktop -- and autohide the panel. Below the customization panel, you'll also find slider arrows for changing the width of the panel."

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