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    Default Opensuse 11.1, KDE 4.x, panels

    When I first installed 11.1 and KDE4.2.x, I noticed a great many differences to 10.2 and KDE 3.x. One of the ones was a glass like panel on the top part of the screen, which contained some default icons, Firefox, YAST (I think), Wastebin, and so on.

    I started to play around with the desktop settings, and didn't notice that I had, during my "play-around" deleted the "glass" panel. I have been looking to see how to get it back but can't find it.

    Can someone please help me out here. Also, I would like to know how to place new icons or remove them in that panel.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Opensuse 11.1, KDE 4.x, panels

    Drag your desktop folder onto the screen and it should reappear.

    You may have to right click on it to restore its appearance to what you want.

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    Default Re: Opensuse 11.1, KDE 4.x, panels

    Sorry, but where do I find the desktop folder?

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    Default Re: Opensuse 11.1, KDE 4.x, panels

    Right click on your Desktop then choose add widgets. Search for Folder View, click it, then choose add widget. That will bring the glass panel back.

    I believe it displays your Desktop folder by default. If you have widgets unlocked, then hover over the panel, you'll see a tab to the right of it. Click on the wrench icon to configure what folder to view in the glass panel.

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    Default Re: Opensuse 11.1, KDE 4.x, panels

    @silkmaze
    Ian is correct.
    Just to explain. kde4 is quite different to kde3 and the desktop is really plasma workspace and actually not the desktop you know of old. Desktop of course is a location in your /home/username/Desktop
    You can browse to that location say in dolphin and see your desktop icons - whatever.
    But to have that location now on the "Desktop"/Plasma Workspace you have to use Folder View, which puts a folder widget on the Plasma Workspace. By default it might be configured to /home/username, but see the spanner in the folder toolbar, use that to configure to the location you want. Resize and place where you want it.
    Then right click Workspace and lock widgets.
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    Default Re: Opensuse 11.1, KDE 4.x, panels

    Thank you Ian and Caf (you don't mind Caf, do you caf4926? After all we've been through, I feel like we are on first name terms ).

    I got it. I have set the default folder to the desktop. How do I place other icons into that folder? I placed a link to Thunderbird on my desktop but it isn't in the desktop folder. Can I move the icon, from where-ever it is being kept to the desktop folder so that it appears in the glass panel or do I have to go into the for desktop folder using Konqueror or Dolphin and create a shortcut for Thunderbird in there, or for any other application I want to have in the panel?

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    Hi,

    What you can do is type the name of the program in the kickoff menu, then just drag the icon into the desktop folder in the Folder View widget(the glass panel). It might ask you if you want to copy it or link it there, choose copy.

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    Default Re: Opensuse 11.1, KDE 4.x, panels

    Thank you Ian.

    I have just discovered another problem. I rebooted this morning and after setting up everything for my days' work, I discovered that the 3D effects I had installed had disappeared. I had spent the weekend trying out the different things, D cube, sphere etc and now they were gone.

    I called up desktop settings and opened system settings and discovered that two tabs were missing, as can be see here:

    [IMG][/IMG]

    I have no idea how that happened. I had only switched off the PC because I was off island, in St. Maarten, for the day on Saturday and there had been signs of a thunder storm here. Since the power company isn't that great, and while I do have a UPS, rather safe than sorry.

    Now that function is gone.

    Where can I check to see how to get it back.


    I have also notived that certain shortcut keys don't work. If I press Alt-F2, nothing, normally a little cli window pops up and allows me to type in a command to start a app or to start the app in su mode. Not any more. Ctrl-Esc doesn't work anymore either.

    Both of them worked perfectly just a day or so ago, suddenly then don't.

    Help please.

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    Default Re: Opensuse 11.1, KDE 4.x, panels

    In that image you have 'No Effect' for desktop switching
    So are you sure it's not just a matter of config. I'm not sure why it should have changed since you powered down. But Plasma will kick off effects if they cause problems during boot.

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    Default Re: Opensuse 11.1, KDE 4.x, panels

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    In that image you have 'No Effect' for desktop switching
    So are you sure it's not just a matter of config. I'm not sure why it should have changed since you powered down. But Plasma will kick off effects if they cause problems during boot.

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    Talk about the demo effect. I just checked again and this is what I have now.



    My 3D effects are back. However my Alt+F2 and Ctrl+Esc are not.
    Any suggestions?

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