You can change the way your KDE desktop looks and behaves to suit your own personal tastes and needs. There are several ways to influence the look and feel of the KDE desktop depending on the scope of changes to make. For users, the following options are available:
To change the appearance or behavior of individual desktop objects only, you can usually access a configuration dialog by right-clicking the object.
To change the overall appearance and behavior of your KDE desktop, use the KDE control center. It offers access to numerous configuration modules and dialogs, some of which can also be accessed via the context menu of individual desktop objects.
The KDE control center is the central place for users to change the overall appearance and behavior of nearly any component of the KDE desktop. Start the control center from the main menu by selecting Alt-F2 and enter kcontrol.+ or press
|Starting Individual Modules|
You can also start individual modules of the KDE control center from the shell or by adding a special applet to your panel.
To start modules from a shell, enter kcmshell
Alternatively, add the Abschnitt 2.4, „Configuring the Panel“.applet to your panel according to the description in
The sidebar provides different categories with a subset of settings each. Click a category icon to explore the possibilities provided there. You can always return to the higher-level category by clicking. For an overview of all categories, switch to a tree view. Change the view by selecting + +
Clicking an item displays the corresponding settings on the right.
Change the settings as desired. No changes take effect until you click
root permissions. Log in as
root if prompted to do so.
The following list introduces the major categories and highlights the most important settings you can change there. Detailed information about the settings of each category is provided by thebutton on each page of settings or in the help center.
Holds settings for the desktop background, the screen saver, and the fonts appearing on the desktop. You can modify themes, window decorations, and styles of desktop elements, such as buttons, menus, and scroll bars. Cursor behavior and the splash screen that appears on KDE start-up can also be influenced here.
Holds settings that allow you to increase or decrease the number of virtual desktops and to control panel options such as size, position, length, and appearance of the panel. You can also change the main menu here. In the taskbar section, configure taskbar options such as whether to show windows from all desktops on the taskbar. Two further sections allow you to control the behavior of windows.
Lets you define Bluetooth options and preferences such as time-out values for certain connections. You can also share your desktop, enable or disable file sharing, and set options for local network browsing and proxy servers. The behavior of Konqueror as a Web browser can be modified here.
With the, change the default e-mail client, text editor, messenger, terminal, and Web browser. Whenever a KDE application needs to start an application of these types, it always calls the default component set here. Configure options for your desktop search with Kerry Beagle® here, for example, which directories to index. If needed, change the default file associations to identify a file type and start an appropriate application. Set options for Konqueror as a file manager. Define how KDE handles sessions on login or shutdown and modify your spell checking options here.
Holds options for devices such as digital cameras, displays, joysticks, keyboards, mouses, OBEX devices, printers, remote controls, and removable media like CD-ROMs or USB sticks. For example, you can add your camera model and define the type of port by which it is connected to your computer or modify keyboard and mouse settings, such as repeat delay, single or double clicking options, and double-click intervals. You can assign default actions to certain types of removable media (for example, always start KsCD when detecting an audio CD) and configure printers.
Define country and language-specific options here, such as currency, number and date format, and keyboard layouts for different languages between which you can switch. You can also view and modify the predefined KDE shortcuts (for example, Alt-Strg-L to lock the screen). This category also offers accessibility options for handicapped users, such as sound and keyboard options and mouse gestures.
Go here to change your password, set options for KWallet (the KDE password management tool), configure encryption for KDE, or manage private data such as recently opened documents, recently visited Web sites, cookies, and the contents of the clipboard.
Holds options for configuring the system bell and system notifications and the encoding and device settings for audio CDs.
Use this category to configure the appearance and behavior of the
KDE login manager (KDM) or to change the default paths to some important
directories for your data:
can also install personal or systemwide fonts here.
In the following sections, find examples of how to configure some aspects of your KDE desktop that you might want to customize.