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    Default How Can I Turn Off Desktop Effects in Plasma5 Desktop

    Just trying to tune up my LEAP 42.1 installation which has the KDE Plasma5 Desktop.

    In 13.2 there was a single button with which I could turn off these debilitating desktop effects but not so it seems in Plasma5, or at least I can't find it. Please could somebody help?.

    Also how can I get the blue colour into the folders icon so I may readily discriminate between folders and files?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Budgie2 View Post
    In 13.2 there was a single button with which I could turn off these debilitating desktop effects but not so it seems in Plasma5, or at least I can't find it. Please could somebody help?.
    Configure Desktop->Display and Monitor->Compositor

    Also how can I get the blue colour into the folders icon so I may readily discriminate between folders and files?
    ???
    The default folders icon is blue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    Configure Desktop->Display and Monitor->Compositor


    ???
    The default folders icon is blue.
    Hi Wolfi323,
    Many thanks. The Compositor has a slider to "instant" which I have used so we shall see.

    The icon issue has me puzzled. In Dolphin looking at my home directory I have only one blue folder icon but several folders in monochrome. All contain files.
    If I could get screen capture to work I could show you but cannot yet fathom it although I found a reference to Screenshots in an obscure corner called custom shortcuts. Just couldn't understand how to make it work.

    BTW if I select "System Settings" from the K Application Menu button I get a different set of options from using the System Settings Icon in the same screen.

    For example I have kcron installed and it shows as "Task Scheduler" together with Yast icon under Systems Administration.

    If I select from the text "Settings>System Settings" System Administration has Date & Time, Font Management, Login Screen, Startup and Shutdown and Yast, but no sign of Task Scheduler. All kind of confusing for simple guys like me!!!

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    Default Re: How Can I Turn Off Desktop Effects in Plasma5 Desktop

    Screen capture is usually set to the prtsc button (ie print screen)

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    Default Re: How Can I Turn Off Desktop Effects in Plasma5 Desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    Screen capture is usually set to the prtsc button (ie print screen)
    Yes. But there was a switch from "ksnapshot" to some newer program. And PtrScr still tries to call "ksnapshot". One of these days, I'll work out how to change that. (I rarely do screen shots so it doesn't seem urgent).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Budgie2 View Post
    Hi Wolfi323,
    Many thanks. The Compositor has a slider to "instant" which I have used so we shall see.
    That doesn't turn off desktop effects.
    Untick the checkbox "Activate compositor on start", that does exactly the same as the desktop effects switch in KDE4 you mentioned.

    The icon issue has me puzzled. In Dolphin looking at my home directory I have only one blue folder icon but several folders in monochrome. All contain files.
    That's how the "breeze" icon theme is designed: the icons are monochrome at small sizes. If you don't like that, increase the icon size (via the slider at the bottom of the dolphin window) or switch to a different icon theme (KDE4's "oxygen" is still available).

    BTW if I select "System Settings" from the K Application Menu button I get a different set of options from using the System Settings Icon in the same screen.
    One probably is the KDE4 version, the other one the Plasma5 version.
    Although your sentence is not really comprehensible... You get a different set of options with "System Settings" and System Settings in the same screen?

    For example I have kcron installed and it shows as "Task Scheduler" together with Yast icon under Systems Administration.
    Yes. And?

    If I select from the text "Settings>System Settings" System Administration has Date & Time, Font Management, Login Screen, Startup and Shutdown and Yast, but no sign of Task Scheduler. All kind of confusing for simple guys like me!!!
    That's the KDE4 version, most of the settings won't even have any effect. To get rid of it, uninstall kdebase4-workspace-addons.

    There are some cases where it might be useful though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrickert View Post
    Yes. But there was a switch from "ksnapshot" to some newer program. And PtrScr still tries to call "ksnapshot".
    This should be fixed with the Plasma 5.5.4 update released today.
    http://bugzilla.opensuse.org/show_bug.cgi?id=965181

    Although the user settings might not be changed automatically.

    One of these days, I'll work out how to change that. (I rarely do screen shots so it doesn't seem urgent).
    "Configure Desktop"->"Shortcuts"->"Custom Shortcuts".

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    Hi Wolfi323,
    Many thanks for the help. 2 out of 3 solved is OK. I got rid of desktop effects and have restored oxygen so all my folder icons look alike.

    Sorry I couldn't make myself clear about System Settings. I was trying to discriminate between selection from a text line in the Application Menu and selection using an Icon which brings up what is named the same function but is not.

    I have no idea why the KDE4 stuff comes from. Did I inadvertently install it or get it through some dependency issues? Whatever, the mixture of 4 and 5 stuff is totally confusing, eg different icons, different menus for the same function. Chaos reigns. I hope somebody who uses this software will rationalize it soon, then I wouldn't have to waste so much of your time but thanks for all your help.

    Once I have it sorted I am going to have to learn how to clone as I have two almost identical machines and will never remember how I achieved what I did by the time I am finished.
    Regards,
    Budgie2

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    Default Re: How Can I Turn Off Desktop Effects in Plasma5 Desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by Budgie2 View Post
    Sorry I couldn't make myself clear about System Settings. I was trying to discriminate between selection from a text line in the Application Menu and selection using an Icon which brings up what is named the same function but is not.
    You mean an Icon on the desktop?
    That probably points to the KDE4 version if you carried it over from earlier versions.
    Right-click on the icon, select "Properties" and change the application to "systemsettings5".

    I have no idea why the KDE4 stuff comes from. Did I inadvertently install it or get it through some dependency issues?
    If you upgraded from a previous openSUSE version, KDE4's systemsettings will not be removed.

    Whatever, the mixture of 4 and 5 stuff is totally confusing, eg different icons, different menus for the same function.
    ???
    That's not because of a mixture, but because of different default styles/theming and other changes in KF5/Plasma5.

    If you are talking about systemsettings, well, we could just remove the old version, but then you cannot configure KDE4 applications or the kdm login screen any more, or use other KDE4 settings modules you might have installed.

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