The KDE Control Center

KDE's Control Center gives the user a great deal of scope for altering the look and feel and behavior of the KDE environment. Most of the customizations that can be made are fairly self-explanatory, but we would like to highlight a few interesting features.

Appearance and Themes

This dialog box enables you to customize the look and feel of KDE to your heart's content. To select this configuration option, select the Control Center from SUSE's Start menu and then select the Appearances and Themes option in the left pane.

File Associations

In general, you don't want to make many changes here, but it is certainly useful to know that you can, and to know where to find this feature. You can do two useful things:

■ You can change the default application that opens a given type of file when you click it in Konqueror.

■ You can alter whether the file will be viewed by an external application or by a viewer embedded into Konqueror if such a viewer exists.

Login Manager

This set of dialog boxes (in the System Administration menu) is certainly easier to use than editing the configuration file by hand. To select this configuration option, select the Control Center from SUSE's Start menu and then select the System Administrator option in the left pane, followed by the Login Manager option. You will need to run this in administrator mode (by clicking the Administrator Mode button and entering the root password) to do anything very useful. A particularly nice feature is that it allows you to drop a photo of a user into the dialog box; this photo then appears on the kdm login screen.

YaST Modules

SUSE has integrated YaST so that you can access it through the KDE Control Center menus, if you want. To access YaST modules, select the Control Center from the SUSE Start menu and then select the System Administrator option in the left pane, followed by the Login Manager option. You will need to run this in administrator mode (by clicking the Administrator Mode button and entering the root password) to do anything very useful.

Multiple Desktops

By default, you get only two desktops (between which you can move by clicking the desktop switcher applet in the panel). This dialog box (under the Desktop menu) enables you to increase this number to as many as 16.

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