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Adding dekstop icons to Mint KDE

Postby sirhoagy on Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:17 am

I'm saddened to admit it this despite being a Linux user for many years, but I installed Linux Mint KDE last night. Despite being happy and impressed with the project, I'm having a horrible time figuring out how to add icons to the KDE desktop. I have used Ubuntu, SuSE, Mandrake, Debian, RedHat and I know that I used to be able to right-click on my desktop and create a shortcut/icon/launch. However, when I right-click, I see no such option to add a shortcut to my desktop.

I tried making a symbolic link from the file to my /home/<username/Desktop folder but this does not seem to create the icon in question. Matter of fact, nothing shows up on the desktop except my running programs, all of which need to be either issued as a command from the menu or the "Run Command" option.

Might anyone have a thought or two to assist in what I think is should be a trivial task?
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Re: Adding dekstop icons to Mint KDE

Postby DrHu on Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:24 am

You'll need to check out kde 4x operations for the desktop..
http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/10365
http://www.kde.org/announcements/4.2/index.php

http://www.tuxradar.com/content/tweak-kde-4-your-liking
http://forum.soft32.com/linux/KDE-panel ... 86126.html
http://blogs.computerworld.com/what_do_ ... _in_common
    One major plus is that I can finally add icons to the desktop again. It's still a nuisance because, instead of simply placing icons on the desktop, I have to place them by using the right-click item menu. Folder View is still KDE 4's most important interface and I still dislike it. There's little Folder View can do that I hadn't done for ages with virtual desktops.

There is also the help and quickguides for the kde desktop, I don't know if it is installed or not..
--it is mentioned on the kde web site
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Re: Adding dekstop icons to Mint KDE

Postby richyrich on Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:30 am

Right-click the desktop -> Add Widget -> QuickLaunch -> Click Add Widget button.
You will be able to resize the widget, and add/remove icons. :D

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Re: Adding dekstop icons to Mint KDE

Postby sirhoagy on Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:43 am

Richy,

You know, I thought the right-click-->Add Widget would do it. *that command is not there!*
This is something I expected to see but no matter what I do, where I click, "Add Widget" just isn't there.
That's rather...strange considering the four web pages posted by DrHu seem to indicate that command
*should* be there.

I rebooted the system several times, just in case I missed something. I'll certainly play with it a bit more tonight
but I'm stumped as to why that one right-click command just doesn't show up. I can post screenshots if that
might help anyone out.
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Re: Adding dekstop icons to Mint KDE

Postby richyrich on Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:46 am

Yes, please do, cause it sounds like a Plasma issue ???

EDIT: Oh, do you have "Unlock Widgets" ?
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Re: Adding dekstop icons to Mint KDE

Postby sirhoagy on Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:52 am

Rich,

Yes, I do have "Unlock Widgets."

I'm at work at the moment, so when I buzz home I'll fire up Linux and send in screenshots.

I'm truly hoping this comes down to me making a rookie mistake versus something larger!
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Re: Adding dekstop icons to Mint KDE

Postby richyrich on Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:54 am

sirhoagy,
When you unlock the widgets, you will now have the Add Widgets choice, so no need for a screenshot . . as unlocking will do it! :D
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Re: Adding dekstop icons to Mint KDE

Postby sirhoagy on Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:38 pm

Rich,

I'm gonna hope you're right. If that's the case, well, then, chalk this all up to rookie thinking and we'll call the post "SOLVED"

I'll verify that tonight and let you know what I find!
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Re: Adding dekstop icons to Mint KDE

Postby richyrich on Tue Aug 18, 2009 2:35 pm

Yes please, let me know how it turns out.

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Re: Adding dekstop icons to Mint KDE

Postby sirhoagy on Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:22 pm

SOLVED

Joy and happy day! This is what I needed:

"Add a widget called "Application Quicklanuch" to the panel.
You can then add as much icons as you like to this widget."

I opened this widget and now I'm able to add the things I'd like to the desktop.

Although this is solved, this seems much more counter-intuitive than the old method, i.e., right-clicking and
adding a widget/shortcut. For example, I did right-click and selected "Add Widget." However, the widgets
offered were limited and not what I wanted, e.g., Firefox, Mozilla. The Application Quicklaunch did what
I needed but.....why go through that program when I can (usually) just right-click and add what i want and be
done with it?

This is not a major issue but an extremely minor annoyance. Thoughts on this?

Thank you, by all means, for helping point me in the proper direction.
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Re: Adding dekstop icons to Mint KDE

Postby richyrich on Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:25 pm

Glad you got it working, you can do a lot of customizing, resizing on the widget even turn it into a docky !

It's called Plasma & the Plasma Dashboard . . . google it! :D
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