KDE Desktop Guide

Exploring the Desktop Components

After logging in to KDE for the first time, you see the KDE desktop. It consists of the following basic elements Desktop Icons and Desktop Folder Desktop icons represent files, directories, applications, functions, and removable media, like CDs or DVDs. Click an icon on the desktop to access its associated program or application. By default, your desktop icons are shown in a Desktop Folder, a transparent region of the screen showing the contents of the Desktop folder in your home directory. If...

Accessing Removable Media and External Devices

If you insert removable media (such as CDs or DVDs) in your computer's drive, or connect external devices such as USB sticks, external hard disks, media players or digital cameras, these are usually automatically detected. In KDE 4, a panel widget informs you about recently plugged or inserted devices. Click on the entry to show the device's contents with Dolphin. If the device is not automatically displayed in the device notifier, try to access it manually with Dolphin. Start Dolphin file...

Using the Battery Monitor Widget

If you are using mobile computers like a laptop, a widget in your panel displays the battery status and gives you access to power management functions. If the Battery Monitor widget is not displayed in your panel by default, add it manually. For more information, refer to Adding Widgets to the Desktop (page 41). The widget allows you control the screen brightness when your system is running on battery power, to switch to a different power profile, or to trigger your system to enter a suspend...

Finding Data on your Computer or in the File System

KDE provides more than one application for finding data on your computer or in the file system. With Kerry, you can very easily search your personal information space (usually your home folder) to find documents, e-mails, Web history, IM ITC conversations, source code, images, music files, applications, and much more. For more information, refer to Chapter 6, Searching with Kerry (page 73). With KFind, you can locate files on your computer or in the file system using a variety of search...

Configuring Power Management

KDE 4 lets you adjust a number of power management settings for example, when to trigger notifications or warnings, which power profile to use when running on battery, what to do when closing the laptop lid or pressing the power or sleep button. Access the configuration options from the main menu by selecting Configure Desktop Advanced Power Management. Alternatively, click the battery monitor icon in the panel and click select Configure. Figure 9.2 Power Management Settings Display brightness,...

Starting Programs

You can start programs either from the main menu or from the command line, using the Run Command dialog or a shell. Additionally, you can start programs from the desktop or the panel by left-clicking the respective program icon once. Clicking an object once in openSUSE usually starts an action directly a program starts, a preview of the file is displayed, or the folder is opened. To former users of Windows, this behavior may be rather unusual. If you just want to select one or several objects...