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Revision as of 00:59, 13 January 2012

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Control center for KDE software and workspaces.


  • Control Center for global KDE platform settings
  • Customize and manage your desktop in one convenient location
  • Search function helps narrow down probable settings
  • Pointing at an icon displays a tooltip with more information about it


When the keyboard focus is in the icon window, you can type the first few letters of any module name to select it.

System Settings has a search function to help in hunting down a setting. Simply type in a keyword in the Search field in the toolbar and System Settings will display modules that contain the keyword and hide those that don't.

Searching for "key".

You can also search for and open System Settings modules in KRunner.


Common Appearance and Behavior

Account Details

Preferences-desktop-user.png Configure your user information, password and paths. You can also configure your Social Desktop providers.

Application Appearance

Preferences-desktop-theme.png Configure your applications style, colors, icons, fonts and emoticons.

Application and System Notifications

Preferences-desktop-notification.png Configure the notifications you want to receive from the system, and from applications

File Associations

Preferences-desktop-filetype-association.png Set default actions and icons for different types of files.


Preferences-desktop-locale.png Language, numeric, and time setting for your particular region. Allows you to apply translation (locale) to whole KDE Desktop or change spellchecker parameters.

Personal Information

Preferences-desktop-user.png Configure the resources used to manage your address book, calendar, and notes

Shortcuts and Gestures

Preferences-desktop-keyboard.png Configure keyboard shortcuts and mouse gestures.

Workspace Appearance and Behaviour

Desktop Effects

Preferences-desktop.png Configure desktop effects such as window animations, transparency, or the desktop cube.

Workspace Appearance

Preferences-desktop-theme.png Configure the appearance of windows, cursors, and the desktop.


Preferences-desktop-accessibility.png Settings to help users who have difficulty hearing audible cues, or who have difficulty using a keyboard.

Default Applications

Preferences-desktop-default-applications.png Set the default applications for common tasks, such as browsing the web, writing email, or managing files.

Search Desktop

Nepomuk.png Settings for the desktop search engine.

Window Behaviour

Preferences-system-windows.png Configure task switching, and how windows respond to mouse actions.

Workspace Behaviour

Plasma.png Settings for overall workspace behaviour and virtual desktops.

Network and Connectivity


Preferences-system-bluetooth.png Use Bluedevil to set up connections to your Bluetooth devices.

Network Settings

Preferences-system-network.png Preferences for your network connections and proxy settings.

SSL Preferences

Preferences-system.png Manage SSL certificates.


Preferences-system-network-sharing.png Settings for sharing files with Windows machines over a network.


Device Actions

System-run.png Configure which actions are available when a new device is connected to your machine.

Digital Camera

Camera-photo-48.png Settings for connecting to your digital cameras.

Display and Monitor

Video-display-48.png Configuration of your monitor(s) and screensaver settings.

Information Sources

Preferences-system.png Configuration of hardware for network, remote control, and modems.

Input Devices

Preferences-desktop-peripherals.png Configure your keyboard, mouse and joystick.

Power Management

Preferences-system-power-management.png Global settings for the power manager.

Removable Devices

Drive-removable-media.png Configure automatic handling of removable storage media.


Applications-multimedia.png Configure the handling of audio CDs

System Administration

Actions Policy

System-lock-screen.png Configure policies for trusted actions in the system.

Date & Time

Preferences-system-time.png Settings for date and time.

Font Installer

Preferences-desktop-font.png Install, manage, and preview fonts.

Global Policy Configurations

System-lock-screen.png Configure global settings for system policies.

Login Screen

Preferences-system-login.png Configure the login manager (KDM).



Software Management

Package-manager-icon.png Get and remove software, and manage automatic updating of software.

Startup and Shutdown

Preferences-other.png Configure your system behavior when starting up or shutting down.

Mouse Gestures

This section has been moved to System Settings/Shortcuts and Gestures. We shall leave the content here as well for some time to make it easier to move your translations.

KDE SC version 4.4.4

The place where you start is "System Settings -> Input Actions"

Enabling mouse gestures

In the bottom left corner of the window there is a Settings button. Make sure that the Gestures checkbox is checked. Set the timout as you see fit. The mouse button might be different for you, I chose 3 for using the right mouse button. If you want input actions to be enabled automatically, check the "Start the input Actions daemon on login" above.

Creating the Mouse gestures actions group

Right click on the left pane (in an empty area under the list of action groups) and choose New Group, rename that group to "Mouse Gestures" and check the checkbox attached to its name.

Creating a new mouse gesture

From now on I will assume that the new group is called "Mouse Gestures". Right click on Mouse Gestures and choose New -> Mouse Gesture Action (here there are three options but I didn't manage to work with "Send Keyboard Input") using "Command/URL" or "D-Bus Command" you will need to create a gesture and bind an action to it.

To create the gesture

Click on your New Action and select the Trigger tab. in the bottom of the screen there is an Edit button (click it). In the box that just opened draw your gesture using the left mouse button.

To bind an action

if you chose Command/URL simply enter that command/url under the Action tab at the Command/URL field.

Examples using Command/URL

Close window

This command will let you close the next window you mouse click on.

wmctrl may not support your Window Manager.

Command/URL: wmctrl -c :SELECT:

to close the active window

Command/URL: wmctrl -c :ACTIVE:

Translate clipboard content

This command will display a translation of the current clipboard content.

  • Required for this are:
    • xclip
    • libtranslate
Command/URL: kdialog --title "Translation" --msgbox "`xclip -o | translate -f en -t he -`"

Replace 'en' and 'he' with the desired source and destination language, if you are not sure, a full list of language codes is available from the ISO 639-2 list.

Examples using D-Bus

If you chose D-Bus, here are few examples.

Finding out what to fill where, is done with the help of the "Launch D-Bus Browser", using that browser you can find what method you wish to call in what application object. Using D-Bus we need to fill some fields, the field name will be regular and the content italic.


This will display the Runner dialog.

Remote Application: org.kde.krunner

Remote Object: /App

Function: org.kde.krunner.App.display

Audacious next/previous/pause/play/stop/repeat track

Remote Application: org.mpris.audacious

Remote Object: /Player

Function: org.freedesktop.MediaPlayer.Next (replace Next with Prev/Pause/Stop/Play/Repeat)

Audacious PlayPause track

If not playing will play, if playing will pause.

Remote Application: org.mpris.audacious

Remote Object: /org/atheme/audacious

Function: org.atheme.audacious.PlayPause

Klipper manually invoke action menu

display the actions pop-up. (I am using that to search and translate words)

Remote Application: org.kde.klipper

Remote Object: /klipper

Function: org.kde.klipper.klipper.showKlipperManuallyInvokeActionMenu

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