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Hello there, A 'micro' HOW-TO for you. I finally figured out how to do something in KDE which has been interesting me for some time: that is, how to have ...
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    KDE Desktop Tweak - Try this!


    Hello there,

    A 'micro' HOW-TO for you.

    I finally figured out how to do something in KDE which has
    been interesting me for some time: that is, how to have muliple
    desktops with different wallpapers so that I can switch between
    them at will. I first found this feature when I tried out Peanut Linux
    many months ago, and after a late night poking around in some of my
    directories I hit the jackpot. Here's how:

    Search for a text file called kdesktoprc. This contains all your
    desktop environment settings for KDE. It should be somewhere like
    /home/yourdirectory/.kde/share/config/ If not, then enter a command
    shell, login as root and type find / -name kdesktoprc -print
    Then look for a setting at the top of the file which reads
    CommonDesktop=true. Change this parameter to false by editing the
    file with your favourite text editor(I used Vim) and save the file.
    You don't need to alter anything else here.

    All you do now is go into your 'configure virtual desktops' option
    on the KDE kicker/toolbar and decide how many desktops you want:
    I chose to have four. You can then change the wallpapers for each
    individual desktop, and KDE should 'remember' these. I tested this
    out, then rebooted my Knoppix box. No settings were lost
    and nothing crashed!

    You might not want this feature, but I think it really adds
    something to your desktop. There is also a way to have different
    sound events for different desktops. For this you need to edit
    the kwin.eventsrc file in the same directory as
    kdesktoprc. You just need to know which *.wav files you have
    on your system in (perhaps) /usr/share/sounds
    then have something like:

    [desktop1]
    logfile=
    presentation=1
    soundfile=KDE_Desktop1.wav

    If the 'presentation' option is set to 0 then you won't get any sound.
    You can have a different sound file for each desktop.
    Finally you might want to edit knotify.eventsrc.
    This is for events like logging into Linux or closing an application.
    You might find that the new sound settings will only work after a reboot.
    Hope you enjoy playing with these files, but remember to
    make backups or take notes just in case things go wrong.

    If this tweak works for you, please reply to this thread, and let me know of your own favourite KDE tweaks
    I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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    Sounds neat, but I am a Gnome user.

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    [Sounds neat, but I am a Gnome user.]

    I like Gnome as well. I don't know if this 'tweak' can be applied to Gnome in some way.
    I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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