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baldur_1 09-07-2013 11:02 AM

kde move desktop icons around
i have fedora 19 and kde. this is a rather annoying thing, i used to be able to move the desktop icons around but after an update in 17 and since haven't been able to. i assume there is some setting i am missing since i can't find very much searching on it. the only thing i can find is gnome-tweak-tool but for obvious reasons that doesn't work with kde. can anyone help me with this?

273 09-07-2013 12:03 PM

I just installed KDe on my Fedora 19 VM and I don't see this behaviour. Can you describe what happens when you try to move icons? Do they seem to move then snap back or not move at all?

baldur_1 09-07-2013 01:12 PM

they dont move at all. if i click on them they do nothing. when add an icon it adds in some sort of odd order. i can do nothing to move anything on my desktop and haven't since an update in fc17. i am not sure if kmod-nvidia has anything to do with this...

baldur_1 09-07-2013 01:52 PM

one more thing, i have installed fc19 with kde and nvidia drivers on another computer as well. it was an older build. on neither desktop, and not the desktop folder widit thing, rather the rest of the screen, i have no control over the icons. i have tried to move them in almost every way and have searched for a setting to no avail...

273 09-07-2013 02:11 PM

I suppose it could be an NVIDIA driver thing -- I installed KDE Plasma Desktop onto an existing Fedora 19 which was running XFCE4. The icons can be dragged and dropped as in Windows, XFCE or any other similar environment. Those in the "Plasmid" [I think is the term] could be dragged onto the desktop and moved around and dragged back.
I'm sorry I know that's no help but it sounds like a bug in your specific case rather than a bug in KDE on Fedora 19.

John VV 09-08-2013 02:54 AM

in KDE r-click the desktop and click on " unlock-widgets"

then you can make changes
then RE LOCK IT !!!
keep the desktop widgets locked

baldur_1 09-09-2013 12:28 AM

i have tried that many times and it doesnt work...

John VV 09-09-2013 02:15 AM

well what activity are you using for the desktop

KDE allows you to set up many things

i use a "window" to the "desktop" folder on the desktop with a background image

you can also use the folder as the desktop as in gnome or kde3

baldur_1 09-09-2013 09:44 PM

this is just the standard installation of kde on fc19. by default in the upper left corner i have a widgit which is what you describe which is the window to a desktop folder or whatever. the rest of the screen is what is commonly called the desktop. that screen is what i am referring to where i cannot move the icons around. when i create an icon, i do not control where it is created nor can i move it after it is created. there is no auto-alignment that i can tell unless the auto-alignment were drunk (actually i think it is probably auto-aligning i just wanted to say it isnt ordered very well).

John VV 09-10-2013 07:07 PM

with the widgets unlocked on the desktop
add a launcher -- say from Applacations/ games / WordWarVi ( any game )
r-click it and select "add to desktop" ( it the widgets are not unlocked you can only "add to favorites" )

mouse over the launcher on the desktop
see the tool bar pop out from the side
drag that tool bar around

then relock the widgets when you are done

baldur_1 09-18-2013 10:17 PM

yeah, i guess i missed that i had to use the toolbar or handle. i must have not had to do that before so stupidly enough, even though i hit ever part of that handle, i never grabbed it to move the icon around. i kind of assumed it was something dumb i was missing and indeed...

thanks for the help!!

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