KDE Widgets are Invisible.

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StevenC21
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KDE Widgets are Invisible.

Post by StevenC21 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:30 pm

Hey everyone: I recently switched from Cinnamon to KDE, and I'm sort of regretting my choice. You see, a lot of features are simply not working. Chiefly, widgets. When I drag them onto the screen, it is shown that they are on the screen, but they are invisible. If I hover over it and right-click to get a context menu, I can see its there, but on the desktop it is invisible. Is there a setting I need to change?
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Re: KDE Widgets are Invisible.

Post by tovian » Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:31 am

I cannot answer your question, but if you ask it on the KDE forum HERE you may get a good answer.

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Re: KDE Widgets are Invisible.

Post by BubbaBlues » Wed May 30, 2018 2:12 pm

Hi StevenC21, I have had similar issues. Try right clicking the desktop, click "configure desktop" and change layout from
desktop view to folder view. It worked for me.
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Re: KDE Widgets are Invisible.

Post by phd21 » Wed May 30, 2018 2:42 pm

HI StevenC21,

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

Not sure why the default Linux Mint KDE 18.x desktop layout option is "default" or "desktop", but most people would want the "Folder View" Layout as member "BubbaBlues" stated. Just right-click the desktop, select "configure desktop", change the layout to folder view, select your wallpaper option, click apply, ok. Then when you add desktop shortcut icons (widgets, launchers), they show up properly. Afterward, you can also right-click the desktop and there are many excellent options for icons (widgets).

Tip or Info Note: For people first coming to KDE from MS Windows or Mac, or even another Linux system, there are various application menu options in addition to the default "Application Launcher", just right-click the menu key, click "Alternatives", click another menu choice like Cascading Menu, click Switch button.

FYI: Even with the default "Desktop" layout or with "activities" (alternate virtual desktop workspaces), when you add desktop shortcut icons or widgets, they usually show up in the upper left, sometimes stacked on top of each other, you can click and hold an icon (widget) for a couple seconds and a pop-up menu appears allowing you to resize or move them, and change its settings (if it has any). Unfortunately, you do not get the icon options with the "Desktop" default layout like you do with the "Folder View" layout.

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KDE18x_Desktop_Layout1.jpg
KDE 18.x
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KDE18x_Desktop_Layout2.jpg
KDE 18.x Folder View Layout - right-click options
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KDE18x_Desktop_Layout3.jpg
KDE 18.x Desktop Default Layout - click and hold icon or widget for a second to see pop-up options
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