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    Default Setting up the desktop like "normal" (like in 13.1)

    The system settings seem to have been changed in 42.1. Workspace Theme, Application Style, and Icons, seem to me to have settings randomly divided between them. Makes no sense to the categories to me. At first, I thought 42.1 was tacky or crude or old view looking. But then I found on Icons where you change the theme and things look better for "Small Icons". (Make sure you do a refresh of dolphin or you won't see the changes) So, it appears I just need help in getting things set up. It's like relearning a lot of things.

    More on those later. First annoying question is, where is the quicklauncher for the task bar? I use it to have a dolphin button. I usually have several dolphin windows open all the time. To click the start, and then click again I find to be inconvenient and slow. I just as well right click on an open dolphin and then start new instance. I like to see where I want to click and then click it to open a new dolphin window. Has this capability been moved somewhere? Is there another way to accomplish this?

    I tried searching for it but doesn't seem like anyone else has missed it. I did find some issues in the past where if you add too many things it has issues. But I only have one or two items.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dt30 View Post
    First annoying question is, where is the quicklauncher for the task bar? I use it to have a dolphin button. I usually have several dolphin windows open all the time. To click the start, and then click again I find to be inconvenient and slow. I just as well right click on an open dolphin and then start new instance. I like to see where I want to click and then click it to open a new dolphin window. Has this capability been moved somewhere? Is there another way to accomplish this?
    I suppose you are using KDE?
    This has not changed at all.

    Right-click on a running application's entry in the task bar and choose "Show A Launcher When Not Running".

    Or right-click on an entry in the application menu and choose "Add to Panel" to create a standard launcher that doesn't disappear when the application is launched. Alternatively you can just drag'n'drop an entry from the application menu to the panel or desktop.
    Last edited by wolfi323; 23-Dec-2015 at 18:37.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    I suppose you are using KDE?
    This has not changed at all.
    Sorry, I forget to specify those things. Maybe I have not been able to distinguish between the operating system and the desktop?

    Yes, KDE. I was running 13.1 and previous versions and there was a "quicklauncher".

    Right-click on a running application's entry in the task bar and choose "Show A Launcher When Not Running".

    Or right-click on an entry in the application menu and choose "Add to Panel" to create a standard launcher that doesn't disappear when the application is launched. Alternatively you can just drag'n'drop an entry from the application menu to the panel or desktop.
    Since I need more than one instance, showing one when not running doesn't work. I tried dragging from the menu and the first time it was just a launcher and the second time was an icon which worked as I wanted. I also tried right-clicking and the option to add to panel was what I wanted rather than add as a launcher. I wasn't aware I could do that. Guess I didn't ever know "which panel" and what adding to it did. Thank you, this is one thing that works better now.

    Another annoying, but admittedly, insignificant, thing is the dolphin "expander". I like the "+" and "-" instead of the triangles. Maybe I should get used to the triangles as that seems to be what the computer world is using. In the past, I went to Configure Desktop, selected Application Appearance -> Style (On Oxygen Configure) -> Views and selected not to use triangle expander. Now there's something called Widget Style, which doesn't have "Oxygen" in the list, and the few listed doesn't have any option I can find for "expander".

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    Quote Originally Posted by dt30 View Post
    Sorry, I forget to specify those things. Maybe I have not been able to distinguish between the operating system and the desktop?
    Well, you can run a whole bunch of desktops on the "Linux" (or openSUSE) operating system.
    This is not Windows, where you don't have a choice...

    Yes, KDE. I was running 13.1 and previous versions and there was a "quicklauncher".
    Ah, so you mean the applet called "quicklauncher" I suppose.
    This got "lost" in Plasma5 because nobody ported it in time.

    It is back in 5.5 released recently, Leap 42.1 only has 5.4.3 though.
    I don't know whether 5.5 will be released as official update, it's not a bugfix version.
    You can always get the latest version from the KDE:Frameworks5 repo though, see:
    https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:KDE_repo...5_.26_Plasma_5
    It is advisable to do a full switch to that repo, feel free to ask if you want to do that and need help.

    Another annoying, but admittedly, insignificant, thing is the dolphin "expander". I like the "+" and "-" instead of the triangles. Maybe I should get used to the triangles as that seems to be what the computer world is using. In the past, I went to Configure Desktop, selected Application Appearance -> Style (On Oxygen Configure) -> Views and selected not to use triangle expander. Now there's something called Widget Style, which doesn't have "Oxygen" in the list, and the few listed doesn't have any option I can find for "expander".
    Right, this isn't configurable in "breeze" (KF5's default widget style) it seems.
    Oxygen is still available, but you need to install oxygen5-style manually. It is included in the standard repos though, so you should just find it in YaST->Software Management.

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    Default Re: Setting up the desktop like "normal" (like in 13.1)

    On Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:26:01 GMT wolfi323 wrote:

    > It is back in 5.5 released recently, Leap 42.1 only has 5.4.3 though.


    Just for the info: Leap has libQt5Core5 5.5.1-4.1 in the "normal" update
    repo.


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    Default Re: Setting up the desktop like "normal" (like in 13.1)

    On Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:26:01 GMT wolfi323 wrote:

    > It is back in 5.5 released recently, Leap 42.1 only has 5.4.3 though.


    Just for the info: Leap has libQt5Core5 5.5.1-4.1 in the "normal" update
    repo.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferenginar View Post
    On Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:26:01 GMT wolfi323 wrote:

    > It is back in 5.5 released recently, Leap 42.1 only has 5.4.3 though.


    Just for the info: Leap has libQt5Core5 5.5.1-4.1 in the "normal" update
    repo.
    I know, and 5.5.0 in the standard repo.

    But this is about the Plasma 5 version, which is 5.4.3 in the "normal" update repo.

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    Default Re: Setting up the desktop like "normal" (like in 13.1)

    On Mon, 28 Dec 2015 20:36:01 GMT wolfi323 wrote:

    > But this is about the Plasma 5 version, which is 5.4.3 in the "normal"
    > update repo.


    Ah, sorry my mistake.

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    Default Re: Setting up the desktop like "normal" (like in 13.1)

    On Mon, 28 Dec 2015 20:36:01 GMT wolfi323 wrote:

    > But this is about the Plasma 5 version, which is 5.4.3 in the "normal"
    > update repo.


    Ah, sorry my mistake.

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    Default Re: Setting up the desktop like "normal" (like in 13.1)

    Another option available to you is
    Configure Desktop>Application Style>Window Decorations
    Once there you can click Get New Decorations
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