If you are new to the Plasma Workspace it's likely that many common tasks will feel strange. Some things are completely new concepts, and other things are just done differently. There are screencasts of how to perform many plasma tasks at this How-To page.
Installing software on your computer, whether with KDE SC or GNOME, largely depends on your distribution's software management system. Please consult with your distribution for more information. Install KDE software has more details.
Installing hardware drivers for networking or video is a task that most distributions take care of. Different distributions use different tools for configuring hardware. Please consult with your distribution first for more information. A good way is by asking other users on chat channels.
Dolphin is your new file manager, but it looks and feels very different from older file managers. Learn how to enable previews, give yourself quick access to the directories you use most, and choose how much detail you see about your files. All this and more in this File Management tutorial
Konqueror is primarily a web interface, but it can also function as a traditional file manager. If this is your preference, in System Settings, go to the and click on . In the list of Known Types, go to the inode/directory type. In the tab at the right side of the window, select Konqueror in the Application Preference Order and click on the button until it is at the top. Click on to save the changes.
|What does "Mounting" the drive mean? Think of it as opening it for reading. Similarly, umount is like closing the book.|
Most distros don't, in their default settings, automatically mount removable drives. There are two main ways of dealing with this.
|The first option "Only automatically mount removable media that has been manually mounted before" may be a more secure option than mounting all removable media|
If you choose to automount, remember that you still need to umount it (close it) before removing it. This is the equivalent of Windows software saying "safely remove". In Device Notifier you will see . In Dolphin, a right-click will offer you the same icon with "Safely Remove" and the device's name.
|Audio disks can be played without mounting. Use your favourite disk-playing application|
Again, you have two main possibilities.
Usually you use a hardware button to do this, but if that is not possible you can create a link to a script to do it for you. You will find details of this on this talk page
There are times when you need to rename a large number of files or folders at the same time. This is often referred to as "batch renaming," and can be accomplished a number of ways in KDE.
Dolphin has a ability to rename multiple files by numbering them, though the functionality is currently limited and only useful in certain situations. One useful application would be renaming a set of photos. Here's how it's done
KRename has the ability to rename large numbers of files based on many different criteria, including search and replace, file properties, mp3 & ogg metadata, and many others.
KRename can be found in the Kickoff menu in the Utilities section. It may be called "Bulk Rename".