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    Default Changing KDE blues on 12.3

    Worst on is what I usually call quick launch. eg The Dolphin icon. It disappears when I click on it so to open another instance I have to right click the main "it's open" icon and select start new instance. For my use it would be better if the quick launch icon was retained.

    I use Opera a lot. That quick launch icon remains but Firefox's doesn't. As both of these are single instance applications both should disappear. I assume this is a desktop file setting but can't find anyway of selecting behaviour.

    I have created a number of things in the desktop panel. Maybe this grows as more are added but I prefer them running down the left hand side of the screen building up in columns going to the right - ie normal desktop behaviour. 2 questions can the panel be made to work like this? How do I get the normal desktop behaviour back and migrate the items currently in the desktop panel to it? Much prefer the latter as I feel that KDE is trying to force people to work as they think they should. Fine but it wont fit in with some peoples use. The current defaults do not make best use of wide screen monitors either.

    The clear all and show the desktop button seems to have gone - can it be got back? Also behaving correctly.

    John
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    Default Re: Changing KDE blues on 12.3

    I didn't understand your problem fully. I guess you want the old style desktop. If that is the case, you can select the Folder View to get it.
    openSUSE 12.3 (x86_64) with Kernel 3.7.10-1.16-desktop and KDE 4.11.2 on MacBook Pro
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    Default Re: Changing KDE blues on 12.3

    John 82 wrote:

    > The clear all and show the desktop button seems to have gone - can it
    > be got back? Also behaving correctly.

    You can remove the quick launch icons and replace them with standard
    launcher icons that will do as you require.

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    Default Re: Changing KDE blues on 12.3

    Quote Originally Posted by John_82 View Post
    Worst on is what I usually call quick launch. eg The Dolphin icon. It disappears when I click on it so to open another instance I have to right click the main "it's open" icon and select start new instance. For my use it would be better if the quick launch icon was retained.

    I use Opera a lot. That quick launch icon remains but Firefox's doesn't. As both of these are single instance applications both should disappear. I assume this is a desktop file setting but can't find anyway of selecting behaviour.
    with the applications open (dolphin and firefox) right click on them in the taksbar and un-select "show a launcher when not running"
    This will remove the "qucklaunch icons" that you dislike.

    You can then replace them by unlocking widgets, and right clicking on an icon in the menu and selecting "add to panel"
    These icons will then remain in place once the application is launched.

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    Thanks. That clears up the disappearing quick launch and selecting folder view transferred my desktop to the standard layout. I lost that when I installed 11.4 after finding that the area on the panel was just too small for the way I generally use my PC.

    I didn't ask the other question very clearly. There used to be an icon in the quick launch area that caused all open windows to be minimised.


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    John 82 wrote:

    > here used to be an icon
    > in the quick launch area that caused all open windows to be

    minimised.
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    Show the Desktop
    Add it from the widget selection

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    Thanks I would have never thought to look there.

    Now I have it as I want I can maybe try the activities approach once I have restored all of my folders to where they should be.

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