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A page of Screencasts, showing you how to get the best from Plasma
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{{Info|The information presented here covers Plasma Desktop 4.3. <br />
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'''The Plasma Workspace''' is one of the key technologies of KDE SC 4.x (also known as the "Pillars of KDE"), and one of the most visible to users. As Plasma Desktop treats the user interface differently than a traditional desktop, there may be confusion as to what the Plasma Desktop is, what it does, and how to perform common tasks.
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The purpose of this document is to show how to perform common tasks in Plasma Desktop. Each HowTo consists of one topic and a short animation, which is reached by clicking on the link.
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The animations are encoded in the GIF format and can thus be viewed in most modern web browsers without any additional plugins installed. Note that the animations are looped.
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{{Note|Almost all HowTos assume that the widgets are unlocked. See [[Media:Plasma_howto-widget-unlock.gif|Unlock widgets]] for instructions on how to unlock them.}}
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{{Note|Due to distribution-specific customizations, your desktop might differ from those in the HowTos.
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In particular, if you miss the top-right toolbox (shown as a yellow icon), you can reach most options by right-clicking on the desktop.}}
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== HowTo == <!--T:6-->
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=== Widgets === <!--T:7-->
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-widget-unlock.gif            | Unlock widgets]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-widget-lock.gif              | Lock widgets]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-widget-movecashew.gif        | Move toolbox]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-widget-desktop-add.gif      | Add widget to desktop]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-widget-desktop-configure.gif | Configure widget]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-widget-desktop-move.gif      | Move widget]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-widget-desktop-resize.gif    | Resize widget]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-widget-desktop-rotate.gif    | Rotate widget]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-widget-desktop-remove.gif    | Remove widget]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-widget-desktop-topanel.gif  | Drag widget from desktop to panel]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-widget-panel-add.gif        | Add widget to panel]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-widget-panel-configure.gif  | Configure widget]] <ref name="greenarrow">Note the small green arrow. You can also right click instead of pressing the arrow.</ref>
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-widget-panel-move.gif        | Move widget]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-widget-panel-remove.gif      | Remove widget]] <ref name="greenarrow"/>
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-widget-panel-spacer.gif      | Add spacer]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-widget-panel-todesktop.gif  | Drag widget from panel to desktop]]
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=== Desktop === <!--T:13-->
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-desktop-wallpaper.gif        | Change wallpaper]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-desktop-theme.gif            | Change theme]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-desktop-traditional.gif      | Change to traditional desktop]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-panel-height.gif            | Change panel height]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-panel-width.gif              | Change panel width]] <ref>See [[Special:myLanguage/Plasma/FAQ#How can I change the height and the size of the panel?|How can I change the height and the size of the panel?]] for more information.</ref>
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-panel-move.gif              | Move panel]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-panel-alignment.gif          | Change panel alignment]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-panel-autohide.gif          | Make panel autohide]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-panel-add.gif                | Add new panel]] <ref>The right mouse button is used in this animation.</ref>
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-panel-remove.gif            | Remove panel]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-extender-todesktop.gif      | Drag extender to desktop]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-extender-restore.gif        | Restore extender]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-extender-stack.gif          | Stack extenders]] <ref>It's not necessary to drag the extender to the desktop first.</ref>
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-activity-add.gif            | Add new activity]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-activity-switch.gif          | Switch activities]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-activity-rename.gif          | Rename activity]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-activity-remove.gif          | Remove activity]] <ref>You can't remove the activity you "zoom out" from.</ref>
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-activity-link.gif            | Link activities to virtual desktops]]
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* [[Media:Plasma_howto-activity-dashboard.gif      | Use separate activity for dashboard]]
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== Further information == <!--T:21-->
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* [[Special:myLanguage/Plasma/FAQ/Index | The Plasma FAQ's]]
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* [[Special:myLanguage/Glossary | Glossary]]
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|align="center"|How to unlock your widgets
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The code for that is:
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The animations can also be used outside of UserBase. The BBCode (used in most forums) to post a linked thumbnail is:
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{{Input|1=[url=''GIF''][img]<nowiki>http://userbase.kde.org/images.userbase/e/e8/Plasma_howto-thumbnail.png</nowiki>[/img][/url]}}
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Replace ''GIF'' with the URL to the GIF file. The corresponding HTML code is:
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{{Input|1=<a href="''GIF''"><img src="<nowiki>http://userbase.kde.org/images.userbase/e/e8/Plasma_howto-thumbnail.png</nowiki>" /></a>}}
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A description of making the animated gif is [http://hanswchen.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/record-screencasts-to-animated-gif-files/ here]. Do you want to help out with making animations? See the [[Talk:Plasma/HowTo/4.3|Talk page]] to find out how!
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[[Category:Plasma]]

Latest revision as of 17:00, 13 February 2013


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Information
The information presented here covers Plasma Desktop 4.3.
Versions available: 4.3 - 4.4 - 4.5


The Plasma Workspace is one of the key technologies of KDE SC 4.x (also known as the "Pillars of KDE"), and one of the most visible to users. As Plasma Desktop treats the user interface differently than a traditional desktop, there may be confusion as to what the Plasma Desktop is, what it does, and how to perform common tasks.

The purpose of this document is to show how to perform common tasks in Plasma Desktop. Each HowTo consists of one topic and a short animation, which is reached by clicking on the link.

The animations are encoded in the GIF format and can thus be viewed in most modern web browsers without any additional plugins installed. Note that the animations are looped.

Note-box-icon.png
Note
Almost all HowTos assume that the widgets are unlocked. See Unlock widgets for instructions on how to unlock them.
Note-box-icon.png
Note
Due to distribution-specific customizations, your desktop might differ from those in the HowTos. In particular, if you miss the top-right toolbox (shown as a yellow icon), you can reach most options by right-clicking on the desktop.


HowTo

Widgets

Desktop Widgets

Panel Widgets

Desktop

Panel

Extenders

Activities

Further information

For reuse

To link to an animation from another UserBase article, a thumbnail can be posted. Here's an example:

Plasma howto-thumbnail.png
How to unlock your widgets

The code for that is:

{|
|[[File:Plasma_howto-thumbnail.png|link=Media:Plasma_howto-widget-unlock.gif]]
|-
|align="center"|How to unlock your widgets
|}

The animations can also be used outside of UserBase. The BBCode (used in most forums) to post a linked thumbnail is:

[url=GIF][img]http://userbase.kde.org/images.userbase/e/e8/Plasma_howto-thumbnail.png[/img][/url]

Replace GIF with the URL to the GIF file. The corresponding HTML code is:

<a href="GIF"><img src="http://userbase.kde.org/images.userbase/e/e8/Plasma_howto-thumbnail.png" /></a>

A description of making the animated gif is here. Do you want to help out with making animations? See the Talk page to find out how!


  1. 1.0 1.1 Note the small green arrow. You can also right click instead of pressing the arrow.
  2. See How can I change the height and the size of the panel? for more information.
  3. The right mouse button is used in this animation.
  4. It's not necessary to drag the extender to the desktop first.
  5. You can't remove the activity you "zoom out" from.

This page was last edited on 13 February 2013, at 17:00. Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.