8.10b - first impression and questions

Manuel McLure manuel at mclure.org
Tue Oct 7 03:00:29 BST 2008

On Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 5:52 PM, Billie Walsh <bilwalsh at swbell.net> wrote:
> First impressions. I still can't stand that "new" KDE menu system. Can't
> stand it in Vista either so  it's not just a KDE thing. Is there a way
> to configure it back to the old style someplace?

Right click on the K button, and select Switch to Classic Menu Style
(works for me on 4.1.2 KDE on Hardy.)

> In earlier versions you
> could right click near the big "K" and get to a configuration window
> where you could reset the height of the panel and place it where you
> want it and all that stuff. [ I like mine at the top of the screen and
> hidden. I also like it a little taller than "normal" ]

Click on the little orange squiggle to the far right of the panel -
that will bring up a bar above the panel - drag that bar to the
top/left/right of the screen to dock the panel there. Dragging it
up/down will also stretch the panel vertically. While that bar is
showing you can also move stuff around on the panel as needed/desired.
I don't know how to hide the panel, though.

I also want to
> have the quick start panel back. I like to use it for all the things
> that I run constantly. I clicked just about everything I could find and
> never found any way to make the changes I want. Is the ability to do
> this stuff in KDE4?

If by "quick start panel" you mean icons on the panel that you can
click to bring up a program, just go to the program desired in the K
menu, right click and select "add to panel."

> THEN, there's this big ugly box on my desktop that says "Desktop". How
> can you get rid of that thing? I clicked on the closing button and the
> main desktop went away for a second and when it came back it was still
> there and something stupid was covering my task bar. Like to never
> figured out how to bet my task bar back. The yellow notepad thingy went
> away when I clicked the "x". I do NOT like a bunch of "junk" on my
> desktop. I want it clean [ unlike the desk the computer sits on *<]:oD
> ]. Just about everywhere you click it wants to add even more junk.

Can't help you with that - I'm not seeing it.

Manuel A. McLure WW1FA <manuel at mclure.org> <http://www.mclure.org>
...for in Ulthar, according to an ancient and significant law,
no man may kill a cat.                       -- H.P. Lovecraft

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