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.

Never had any icon rearranging Panel problems wid Dash to Panel GNOME extension or the Cinnamon DE’s Panel. The KDE Plasma has been tricky, depending on the Distro being tested, and I have been testing 6-7 of them recently. Some have been impossible, some limited, and the others tricky.

However, all this KDE Plasma testing has allowed me to find a new #1 ‘Root User‘ Distro for the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page…more on that later. Found some other tough Distro KDE Plasma competitors also, and will be doing some reviews after this series.

Customizing ‘n Rearranging the Order of Panel Icons

Still a lot to learn about KDE Plasma Desktop, but I can actually use it now, after fixing the issues wid the 12h or 24h Clock & the Single-click opens Folders ‘n Files.

I very well may have missed some other settings for the Panel ‘n icon app launchers, because this has been my first real attempt at using KDE Plasma in earnest. If this following method didn’t resolve my problems with customizing a Distro’s KDE Panel, I just moved on from testing it anymore.

There are Panels ‘n Docks…first the Panels.

Step 1

Click the secondary mouse button on the Panel:

Then Click on the Configure Icons-only Task Manager…that opens:

In the Behavior window, select “Do not group” in the Group dropdown menu. Then, select “Manually” in the Sort dropdown menu.

Step 2

Click the secondary mouse button on the Panel:

Then Click on Enter Edit Mode…that opens:

Lots of stuff opens in the Edit Mode…we’ll just focus on moving the icons. That little hand is going to be used to rearrange the locations of the GIMP app ‘n the GParted app.

First, will drag ‘n drop the GIMP app:

Then I drag ‘n drop the GParted app. End results:

OK…that’s how I like my Panels to look, and each icon app launcher is movable on this AlmaLinux KDE Panel.

Not all the Distro’s KDE Panels allowed me to actually move each icon app launcher, and it made the confusion even more confusing. I may have missed some hard to find KDE Plasma setting…I dunno!?

That covers the Panels…now the Docks.

Garuda KDE Dr460nized Linux was the only Dock I came across. Garuda also offered a Panel instead of Dock, more could be added, and they all could be moved ‘n relocated.

The Dock’s icon app launchers were all easy to rearrange or to add or to remove. No special settings were needed.

That’s the finished Dock’s rearranging of the icons, and after having added ‘n removed some.

Now, we have a Dock at the center-bottom, and a panel at the top (Note the White highlighted line ‘n arrow in next pic). We’ll first move the center-bottom Dock by opening its settings wid a secondary mouse button click:

Garuda KDE has tons of settings, but is amazingly easy to move around in. So many options that it is impossible for me to cover.

I will move the Dock to left-bottom.

The Top Panel’s settings are also opened wid a secondary mouse button click, and I moved it to to the right-bottom. End results:

Conclusion

I have learned enough now to at least use a Distro’s supported default KDE DE when I’m going to test it, instead of using the non-supported community versions.

Many Linux Developers seem to favor the KDE Plasma Desktop, and that has been an obvious ‘Linux Trend‘ for some time now. It was past time for me to get a better grasp of it.

That will do it, for now, on this 3-Part KDE Plasma – ‘Newb TidBits‘ series. I may add an additional part in the future, but am not planning on it.

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!