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Old 06-12-2019, 01:51 PM   #1
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No title bar on Opera. How to access KDE window settings?


I haven't been a heavy user of Opera for some time and my recent foray into using it again has revealed some ugly changes. Apparently, in response to absolutely no user demand, the Opera team changed their UI to not include allowing the window manager to include a title bar. ("No! No window shading for YOU!") I'm guessing that this decision was a nod to the Windows 10 look-n-feel. I also guess that most Linux users are as repulsed by that look-n-feel as I am.

Let's get this out of the way: Leap 15.1 (up-to-date on patches), Opera 58.0.3135.127 (which Opera tells me is the latest/greatest version), KDE window manager.

Anyway. the ramifications of this decision are that, now, KDE users are unable to access either the "Activities" or the "More Actions" menus so that they can control which activities the window appears on.

I hope I'm wrong about that, though. I can right-click on the icon under Applications->Internet and control which activities where Opera is included in the Favorites menu. But when I actually launch Opera it appears in all activities rather like the "sticky" function that would place a window in all virtual desktops.

I can right-click on the Opera item in the Task Manager and omit Opera's appearance on all but a specific KDE activity. But I have to do this every time I launch Opera. It'd be ideal if Opera played by the same rules as all the other applications and allow me to specify window rules that force the browser window to a particular activity. Which I could if that title bar were present.

The Opera command-line settings ('opera --help') don't include anything that appears to enable the title bar.
  • Is there a trick to making Opera include the title bar so I can control this? (If the setting to include the title bar is in Opera's Settings menu, it's extremely well hidden.)
  • Is there a way to manually define a rule for Opera using "Configure Desktop->Window Management->Window Rules"? Everything I've tried using that utility has, so far, failed to have an effect on Opera. The parts of that utility that look promising seem to be keyed on the window title. (See the problem?)

Anyhoo... if someone's got a tip on how to gain some control over Opera, I'm all ears, er, eyes. (Whatever.)

TIA...

(Aside: I noticed that the Vivaldi browser has adopted the same title-bar-less window design. Which means I now have one less browser option. I'm hoping that this is not a UI trend that will adopted by all the browser developers.)
 
Old 06-12-2019, 02:27 PM   #2
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Alt+F3 when that window has focus to bring up the menu, then you can navigate to the window settings/application settings to set plasma to remember your choices via mouse.
 
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Old 06-12-2019, 03:44 PM   #3
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Alt+F3 when that window has focus to bring up the menu, then you can navigate to the window settings/application settings to set plasma to remember your choices via mouse.
Thanks. That did the trick. (I'm not much for memorizing keyboard shortcuts but that one might at least warrant a Post-It.)

I can't say I'm any less irked by their new UI but at least it's not spraying itself across all my activities.

I'll close this one out.

Cheers...
 
  


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