With KDE, you can personalize your desktop to a very high degree. You can change a variety of settings, such as the desktop background, screen saver, fonts, keyboard and mouse configuration, and sounds. Adjust these settings with the modules of the KDE Control Center. Start the Control Center from the main menu or press Alt-F2 and enter kcontrol.
The side bar provides different categories with a subset of settings each. Just click a category icon and 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
root if prompted
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The following sections introduce the major categories and contain procedures for some common changes you may want to apply to your KDE desktop. Detailed information about the settings of each category is provided by thebutton on each page of settings or in the help center.
This category lets you change the way your KDE desktop and applications look. You can access a number of settings.
lets you manage and edit color schemes for your desktop. There are a variety of color schemes installed by default but you can also create your own color scheme using a predefined scheme as starting point.
With, all fonts and font attributes used on the KDE desktop can be configured. You can also modify antialiasing settings. By default, antialiasing is activated for all fonts. Antialiasing is a software technique for diminishing jagged edges that should be smooth. Although it reduces the jagged appearance of the lines, it also makes them fuzzier. To deactivate or customize antialiasing, select the corresponding options.
In thesection, control the icon style for the entire KDE desktop. Icons are used on the desktop, panel, and toolbars of applications. You can choose icon themes, adjust icon sizes, assign effects to icons (for example, you can make them semitransparent or colorize them), and configure settings for each of the different places icons are used.
allows you to modify what kind of cursor and taskbar feedback you want for starting applications. For example, instead of a bouncing cursor indicating that an application is loading, you can set a blinking cursor.
A screen saver automatically appears if you do not use your computer for a specific time. In thesection, change the screen saver or configure the time-out before it starts.
In thesection, you can change the splash screen that displays on KDE start-up.
holds options for user interface elements (called widgets) in KDE, such as buttons, menus, and scroll bars. You can choose a certain style and see a preview of it.
With, choose, install, or modify configuration sets (themes) for your KDE desktop.
provides options for the title bar of the windows and the style of the borders around windows.
Thesettings configure the appearance and behavior of your KDE desktop.
In, configure options such as showing or hiding desktop icons, showing tool tips, and icon layout. You can also specify if you want to see previews of particular file types on the desktop and which devices have icons.
In, increase or reduce the number of virtual desktops to use and enter a name for each desktop. By default, two virtual desktops are configured on your system. You can switch between the desktops with the desktop previewer in the panel or by using the mouse wheel.
controls panel options such as size, position, length, and display. You can also change the appearance of the panel with transparency, background images, and icon zooming. Because the main menu is also part of the panel, also configure various menu options here, including the applications shown in your main menu.
In thesection, configure options such as whether to show windows from all desktops on the taskbar, grouping of similar tasks, and what action on the taskbar your mouse buttons trigger.
customizes the default KDE window manager, kwin. Here, control what happens when windows are moved, clicked, or resized. You can bind actions to certain keys and mouse events.
lets you customize settings that only apply to some windows. It only takes effect if you use KWin as your window manager.
Thecategory helps you to configure Internet and networking options.
Two sections deal with how to manage your Bluetooth devices and services:and . In the section, KDE lets you change the time-out values for different connections.
is useful if you want to invite other people to your desktops. Only let trustworthy users take part in your session.
allows you to configure Samba (Windows) and NFS (UNIX) file sharing. The settings can only be changed if you are an administrator. If you log in as root, you can add, change, or remove folders to share with others.
Neighborhood.” Take into account that you may need some
additional software, especially the LISa daemon (see package
In, you can customize proxy and SOCKS servers. Normally, if your administrator does not tell you to use this, it is probably not useful for you.
The settings inshould only be configured with YaST.
This category holds advanced KDE options, such as the default application to open when clicking a link.
Themodule handles basic tasks. You can 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.
KDE uses to identify a file type and start an appropriate application. Here, you can also choose which icon represents each file type and whether to show files of a certain type in an embedded or a separate viewer.
Themodule configures the behavior of Konqueror as a file manager. Here, define which fonts and font sizes to use, the path to your home directory, if previews are allowed, and if quick copy and move actions are allowed.
In, you can optimize the performance of your KDE desktop.
An overview of all plug-ins of the KDE daemon is shown in. This module shows two different types: services invoked on start-up and services called on demand. Normally do not change the settings of this module, because it is vital for KDE.
In, define how KDE handles sessions on login and shutdown. By default, KDE remembers your previous session and restores the applications you were using the next time you login. You can define different options here, such as excluding individual applications from being restored.
lets you modify what spell checker to use, what types of errors to check for, and the default dictionary to use. The KDE spell checking system (KSpell) provides support for several spell checking utilities: the most commonly used are ASpell and ISpell.
This category holds settings for various devices that can be plugged in to your computer, such as a digital camera, display, keyboard, and mouse.
lets you configure support for your digital camera. You can add your camera model and define the type of port by which it is connected to your computer.
With, modify your display options, such as screen size and power control if supported by your display.
helps to check whether your joystick is working correctly. You can adjust the calibration.
Thesection allows you to modify basic keyboard settings such as keyboard repeat delay.
Of course, you can also adjust a lot ofsettings, such as actions to be triggered by single or double clicking, cursor themes, and double click intervals.
With, configure OBEX connections for your devices, such as PDAs.
allows you to configure bindings between your remote controls and KDE applications.
This category is only useful for laptops.monitors your batteries. Power management software must be installed.
This category holds regional settings as well as options for handicapped persons.
In, configure functions that can help individuals with difficulties in hearing or motor function. These include certain sound and keyboard options.
Thesection lets you configure options that are specific for your location, such as language, currency, and number and date format.
In, configure mouse gestures and keyboard shortcuts for starting applications and running commands.
In the section, find multiple layouts for different languages. If is selected, you can add and activate several keyboard layouts, such as English and German, and switch between them. Fine-tune them in the tab.
In thesection, you can define global KDE shortcuts. For an overview of the currently active shortcuts, refer to the list of . You can also choose a different, predefined shortcut scheme, such as a Windows or Mac scheme.
This category holds settings for personal security certificates, KWallet, password treatment, and privacy settings.
To make KDE more secure,allows you to configure SSL (secure socket layer). This is used in most KDE applications as well as others. There is also a possibility to manage your personal certificates.
To change your personal settings, go to. Here, set a new name, organization, e-mail address, SMTP server, or password.
Themodule manages personal Web browsing data. For example, use it to clear the cache, delete the history of visited Web sites, or remove unwanted cookies.
Use this category to perform all settings for the playback of audio CDs and for the sound system.
In, configure encoding and device settings.
With, configure aRts, KDE's sound server. This allows you to hear your system sound while simultaneously listening to a music CD.
With, switch from system notifications (default) to a system bell and specify the volume, pitch, and duration of the bell.
Thesection defines how the system should inform you in the event of a problem, when a task is performed, or if an event requiring your immediate attention occurs. In the upper part of the dialog, select the application for which to configure the system notifications. As soon as you select a program, all events the application can send to the user are listed in the lower window. Determine the notification type for each notification in the dialog.
The default view of the system notification dialog only offersfor audible notification. Click to access other action modes. You can log the notification to a file, execute a program, or show the message in a pop-up window. In the lower part of the dialog under , globally activate or deactivate the actions for all programs.
This category offers options for central system tasks. Most of the sections require root permission to make changes.
With the, you can install personal or systemwide fonts. To change system fonts, click .
configures the KDE login manager, KDM. You can change the appearance, fonts used, background shown, shutdown behavior, what users are displayed at login, and some convenience issues for the login screen.