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Old 05-07-2003, 12:18 AM   #1
Marcos Van
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couple quick questions

Hi all,

I just installed Mandrake 9.1 and using KDE 3.2 as the desktop environment.

Coming from a Windowz background I am stuck on a few things.

1. I've installed a few pieces of software such as the Opera browser through a .rpm package. Once installed, is there a common place to look for the application icon to launch it? The only way I can run it right now is by typing "opera" in the run command window. Is there a way to have installed apps place icons in the start menu??

2. I used to use a utility in Windows called "JS Pager" for virtual desktop support. In KDE, there are windows in the task bar for setting virtual desktops. Right now, I can only switch desktops by mouse clicking on these icons.. Is there a way to switch desktops using the arrow keys?? Or maybe a way to bind keys to perform this?

Thanks for the help!

Old 05-07-2003, 12:25 AM   #2
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1. You can create your own icon/menu entry. Use either mandrake's menu editor, or KDE's and create the entry you want. It should be semi self-explainatory on the entry once you bring up the menu editor.

Creating an icon on the "desktop" is even easier. Right click, scroll up to "create new" and choose link to application. From there, type in the name of the app (Opera) click the 3rd tab over (been a while, I could be wrong) and in the command box enter "opera" without quotes.

Save and exit, and now there should be the icon on your desktop. To change from the "gear" to something else, simply click the gear in the first screen where you typed the name of the app.

Old 05-07-2003, 09:17 AM   #3
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Menu support is currently busted. Don't expect RPMs to reliably install menu entries for a while.

For switching desktops, check the keyboard shortcuts.... in gnome it's ctrl-alt-arrow keys, I suspect kde is similar.
Old 05-07-2003, 01:00 PM   #4
Marcos Van
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Thanks for the help..

I got the menu items and icons working as well as key bindings.

One more question if I may.

In my old windows install my virtual desktop had 9 windows layed out in 3 columns by 3 rows. With the KDE desktop, when I add 9 desktops they always get layed out in a straight line. Is there a way to alter the layout of the virtual desktop in KDE? I've poked around in what settings I could find but nothing comes up.

Thanks for all the help.



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