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    I am a bit late in moving up from KDE 4.11.5 (on openSUSE 31.1) to KDE (no version found using the same way!?!) on openSUSE Leap 15.0. Still trying to find out how to bend my working environment to what I was used to for so may years.

    One thing we used was the feature of the KDE starter menu to check the box Bookmarks (in the View item of it's configuration). There is then an item in the Starter menu that folds out to the right (like the other main items do) reveiling your tree of bookmarks as maintained by Konqueror. Using an entry then starts your default browser (Firefox) with the bookmark as URL. Ease of use: no need to start a browser first and then go to it's bookmarks. We use this all the time,
    The drawback is that you have to use Konqueror and it's Bookmark editor to maintain the list of bookmarks (that is the case since FF replaced Konqueror as default browser in KDE, before there was no drawback at all).

    Now on the new KDE, I can not find this configuration item. Did I miss something (please then point me to where to find it), it there an alternative, or can I add this feature to the list of features dropped from KDE?
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: Bookmarks entry in KDE main (starter) menu

    I do remember the feature but I think it went a long time ago.

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    Henk, take a look at the settings associated with KRunner/Plasma Search – <Alt-SpaceBar> – Search appears at the top of the screen – the Spanner at the left side of the mini-Window.

    There's a setting for “Bookmarks” but, I'm not sure which Bookmarks – it doesn't seem to search my Firefox Bookmarks …

    Definitely, simply typing part of a URL into KRunner definitely fires up Firefox and opens a suitable URL – it seems to be searching for “http://«What Ever»” in the Plasma “Places” …

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    Quote Originally Posted by dth2 View Post
    I do remember the feature but I think it went a long time ago.
    I am afraid you are correct.

    It is a victim of the "when it is newer it is better" adagium.
    Henk van Velden

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    I use the folder widget on the task bar. You have to create your own bookmarks unfortunately but I just created a folder of my main ones included as desktop entry links. I then configure the widget to show that folder.
    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcurtisfra View Post
    Henk, take a look at the settings associated with KRunner/Plasma Search – <Alt-SpaceBar> – Search appears at the top of the screen – the Spanner at the left side of the mini-Window.

    There's a setting for “Bookmarks” but, I'm not sure which Bookmarks – it doesn't seem to search my Firefox Bookmarks …
    I found wha you mean. It is a list of places where that Search function may search. Bookmarks is switched on here, but typing keywords of some of the Konqueror Bookmarks has strange results. One gives me a window to enter the root password (no idea what it thinks I want to start), another one starts LibreOffice with a Create new Database window., both not what I wanted or expected


    Quote Originally Posted by dcurtisfra View Post
    Definitely, simply typing part of a URL into KRunner definitely fires up Firefox and opens a suitable URL – it seems to be searching for “http://«What Ever»” in the Plasma “Places” …
    I do not know the URLs at all, I now the page descriptions, that is I see the page titles when I browse through that bookmarks tree, recognize them, click on them, but never have to know what the URL is.

    Maybe describe in more details when I click on that item in the Starter menu. It folds open at the right with a list of e.g. Banks, Public Transport, Countries, Mountains etc. When I then hover to e.g. Banks, it opens up the next level with the different banks I use (not to many of them I am afraid) and then clicking starts up FF with the login page of that bank.
    In fact about the same as using the Bookmarks button on a browser, but more direct without first having to start the browser.

    Thanks for the hints in any case.
    Henk van Velden

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    Quote Originally Posted by peteh100 View Post
    I use the folder widget on the task bar. You have to create your own bookmarks unfortunately but I just created a folder of my main ones included as desktop entry links. I then configure the widget to show that folder.
    Sounds interesting, Could you elaborate a bit more (when I do not ask to much of your time)

    E.g. what (or where) is the "folder widget" on the task bar? And "as desktop entry links"?
    Maybe an example?
    Henk van Velden

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    I empathise with you Henk...

    By comparison to kde 4 the new version has, IMHO, been very much "dumbed down", to use a term I don't particularly like.

    A lot of the less used features simply weren't ported to the new (plasma 5) version.

    A slogan regarding plasma 5 adopted by the developers (whom I have a lot of respect for, I may add), is "Simple by design, powerful when needed".... I find it difficult to agree with, my own slogan is "Simple by design, powerful in the past."

    I found plasma 5 takes a lot of getting used to...
    Regards, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by tannington View Post

    I found plasma 5 takes a lot of getting used to...
    That is why, until now, I had several show stoppers (inability to show date in ISO format, no difference between logical desktops, and a few more). But there comes a time that staying with the old product becomes undoable. And now we talk only about the things that threaten the user experience we had for years. Not the small ones (like my Kmail does not empty the Trash).
    Henk van Velden

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    Sounds interesting, Could you elaborate a bit more (when I do not ask to much of your time)

    E.g. what (or where) is the "folder widget" on the task bar? And "as desktop entry links"?
    Maybe an example?
    Sorry, you need to add the widget by unlocking widgets (right click anywhere in task bar) and add widget (right click again) choose folder widget. Right click the widget to configure.
    Before configuring create your folder - mines in my /home folder called bookmarks.
    You populate the folder with links like this
    Code:
    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=Amazon
    Icon=/home/Other_Stuff/icons/amazon.png
    Type=Link
    URL[$e]=http://www.amazon.co.uk
    Put this code in a text file with appropriate changes to suit your links.
    Pete

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