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Old 04-29-2005, 09:52 PM   #1
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Can you change KDE's icon text textfield size?

Howdy. If I add text like "Fancy Word Processor" under an icon on my KDE desktop, it shows "Fancy Word Pro..." because there's too much text. Is there a way to make this bigger, so all of the text will show beneath the icon? I see KDE->LookNFeel->Style-Misc->Text Position, but changing these values alters nothing on my desktop. Thanks for any pointers.
Old 04-30-2005, 12:02 AM   #2
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right click the desktop and select.......configure.....
one of the menus should give some options for "wrap around icon text" and other options...........size, color, etc...........
Old 05-01-2005, 06:12 PM   #3
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Maybe they should, but they don't.
Old 06-26-2006, 09:29 PM   #4
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I have a solution, although you've probably figured it out by now.

Open up Control Center. Go to 'Appearance & Themes' --> 'Background'. Click the 'Advanced Options' button. In the window that comes up, you'll see a field labeled 'Width for icon text:'. By default, it's set to 'Auto'. Just change this to something else, like 100. You can also increase the number of lines for icon text. Click OK, then click Apply in the Control Center window. This only affects the desktop icons.

Some day, perhaps when KDE 4 makes its debut, little options like these will be slightly more intuitive. I would have thought that such an option like icon text width would have been under the Icon section of the Control Center... I often find myself trying to creatively name icons in order to avoid weird little wrapping issues or the use of an ellipsis. Some sort of automatic per-icon text width adjustment would be nice, IMO.

Hope this helps!
Old 07-18-2008, 12:57 AM   #5
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Useless desktop icons with 5 letters

Thanks for the hint. I was fighting with these useless 5 letter icons for long time. It was making impossible to use icons on desktop at all.


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