Contrary to the belief of many, a noob/n00b and a newbie/newb are not the same thing. Newbs are those who are new to some task and are very beginner at it, possibly a little overconfident about it, but they are willing to learn and fix their errors to move out of that stage. n00bs, on the other hand, know little and have no will to learn any more. They expect people to do the work for them and then expect to get praised about it, and make up a unique species of their own.

In Part 1 I covered the setting differences between KDE Plasma and most other Linux Desktop Environments (DE’s) when it came to selecting the 12-hour or 24-hour clock options. Part 1 was also an introduction to what this 3-Part series will cover, and was the Foundation Post for the KDE Plasma – ‘Newb TidBits page.

In Linux, moving from one DE to another can be difficult, but sometimes it becomes necessary. It can be even more difficult if you want to be the Fulltime Linux Root User on your *OWN* computers, because Linux isn’t made for “normal people” who don’t want the annoying “Authenticate” popup/s and/or other Pesky Passwords slowing down their workflow.

However, it is possible to be free from the demanding Linux ‘Nanny‘ if you search hard enough, and just such a search has led me to learning (at least the basics) more about the use of KDE Plasma Desktop.

How to switch from Double-click to Single-click for opening Folders ‘n Files

I never could stand having to click the mouse button *TWICE* just to open a folder or file.

On most Linux DE’s you open the File Manager first:

Then Edit >> Preferences.

Preferences opens the File Management Preferences window…then click on Behavior:

  • Double click seems to be the default options on most Linux OSes.

Naturally, settings in KDE Plasma Linux OSes are going to be different! 😉

On Plasma you open the System Settings:

Click on Workplace Behavior.

That opens to the General Behavior window:

Terminology can be tricky ‘n fragmented between Linux OSes, so I highlighted in red which option handles Single clicks ‘n which handles Double clicks.


Little ‘Stuff‘ like the 12h/24h Clock settings & Double/Single mouse clicks will cause me not to use an OS if I can’t get those settings the way I want. Heck, I have pretty much tried to avoid Linux OSes featuring the KDE Plasma Desktop, just because I couldn’t find where those settings were, but as I mentioned earlier – ‘sometimes it becomes necessary‘ to make changes in order to get other options that you want.

Part 3 is up next, it’s the last planned part in this series, and it involves reordering or moving icons to where you want them on the Plasma Panel. I’ve tested 6 or 7 Plasma Distros recently, some have Plasma Docks, and the Docks have been fairly easy to customize; however, some of those Plasma Panels are extremely difficult for me to customize. Maybe I’m missing a setting here ‘n there…I dunno?!

Then I’ll do some reviews on some of the KDE Plasma Desktops that I have tested…BTW, looks like a former #1 on Karmi’s Top 10 4 5 Linux Distros page may return back to that spot, if its Plasma DE tests can keep its excellent performance up! More on that later

Will add this post to the KDE Plasma – ‘Newb TidBits page.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!