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    Red face Desktop colors

    Help please;
    Hopefully this will be simple, I need to change the color of the text for my Icons on the desktop.
    But I cant seem to find the function that does that. I`v looked at all the settable items in the
    "Personal Setting" applet for KDE, but the one that changes the text color for the Icons on the
    desktop is either vary elusive or I just don't know which one it is.

    Thanks in advance for your assistance. J.B.G.

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    Default Re: Desktop colors

    On 2014-05-05 14:46, jamesbg wrote:
    >
    > Help please;
    > Hopefully this will be simple, I need to change the color of the text
    > for my Icons on the desktop.
    > But I cant seem to find the function that does that. I`v looked at all
    > the settable items in the
    > "Personal Setting" applet for KDE, but the one that changes the text
    > color for the Icons on the
    > desktop is either vary elusive or I just don't know which one it is.
    >
    > Thanks in advance for your assistance. J.B.G.


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    Default Re: Desktop colors

    This is CLOSED and will be moved to Applications.
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    Default Re: Desktop colors

    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    This is CLOSED and will be moved to Applications.
    Moved from Unreviewed Howto and FAQ and open again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesbg View Post
    Help please;
    Hopefully this will be simple, I need to change the color of the text for my Icons on the desktop.
    But I cant seem to find the function that does that. I`v looked at all the settable items in the
    "Personal Setting" applet for KDE, but the one that changes the text color for the Icons on the
    desktop is either vary elusive or I just don't know which one it is.
    And which KDE version is this about?
    Neither KDE3 nor KDE4 have a "Personal Setting" applet.

    If it is KDE4 it depends on which icons you mean exactly.
    If you want to change the text color for the icons of your folderview widget (that's what's displaying the contents of your ~/Desktop folder), just right-click on an empty space and select "Folderview Settings".
    In "Icons" you find a setting for the text color as well.

    The text color of other plasmoids is determined by the theme mostly, so you would have to select a different one.

    Please post a screenshot of the icons you mean, if in doubt.

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    Response to wolfi323

    Changing the folder view colors went well.

    But the other plasmoids such as the ones you can add to the desktop
    from the launcher menu are the ones I really want to change so that
    my background image doesn't obscure them.

    And I apologize for the incorrect reference, the object I`m
    referring to is in the application launcher under "Favorites"
    listed as "Configure Desktop". This appears in all the user
    accounts on the machine.
    And if it is a theme issue, is there any way to just change
    the text colors of the theme?

    I suspect that I have KDE version 4.6.
    Yast package search says:
    kdebase4-runtime 4.6.0-4.9.1.
    kdebase4 4.6.0-6.10.1
    I`m running SuSE 11.4.
    And I`m not sure how to take a screen shot, the best I
    can do at this time is try a text description of the
    problem. Vary new to Linux, used to use windows until
    I got tired of being hacked and publicized.

    BTW I apologize to the SYS ADMINS for the initial incorrect
    posting of this thread, I just did not know the type of
    issue this was.

    Thanks J.B.G.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesbg View Post
    But the other plasmoids such as the ones you can add to the desktop
    from the launcher menu are the ones I really want to change so that
    my background image doesn't obscure them.
    As I said, those depend on the desktop theme.

    It's been a while since I last used KDE 4.6 (nearly 3 years), so I'm not sure what exactly changed since then and what stayed the same, but I'll try.

    You can change the desktop theme in KDE's "Systemsettings" (might be called "Configure Desktop")->"Workspace Appearance"->"Desktop Theme".

    If you don't want to change the complete theme, under "Details" you should even be able to just change the theme for specific parts (Kickoff f.e.), or just the color scheme (this is what you would be looking for I suppose).
    On KDE 4.13 I can even choose a file there, if you want to create your own color scheme, have a look at the "colors" file of one of the existing themes in /usr/share/kde4/apps/desktoptheme/. No idea though if there's a better way to create such a file than by hand in a text editor.

    This applies to _all_ plasmoids of course, even the ones on your panel. You cannot change that for single plasmoids, although certain ones might allow to change the text color (like the notes plasmoid f.e.).

    Btw, you can create application launchers in a folder view as well, just drag an entry out of the K-Menu and drop it on the folder view in question (you can have more than one, each pointing to different folders).

    And I`m not sure how to take a screen shot,
    Just press the "PrtScr" key on your keyboard, and the screenshot tool should appear. Or run "ksnapshot" manually, from the K-Menu or by typing its name into the Alt+F2 run dialog or a terminal window.
    You cannot directly attach pictures here though, you have to upload them to some pics sharing site like http://susepaste.org and post a link.
    Last edited by wolfi323; 07-May-2014 at 06:49.

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    Cool Re: Desktop colors

    Response to wolfi323

    Ok I`v pasted a screen shot. And as you can see, there are
    some Icons that are almost obscured by the background image.
    I`ll try your suggestions and then post the results.

    Btw is there any way that the forum IT guys could add a string
    search to the forum and not just a tag search.
    Searching by single words yields too many results.
    I`m guessing that I`m not the first newbie to have this kind
    of question.

    Thanks J.B.G.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesbg View Post
    Ok I`v pasted a screen shot. And as you can see, there are
    some Icons that are almost obscured by the background image.
    No, I cannot see anything.
    You forgot to post the link to the paste...

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    Post Re: Desktop colors

    Ok then try this "http://susepaste.org/39053965".
    Hopefully I`v done everything correctly.

    Thanks J.B.G.

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