As stated in an earlier post, I have moved to KDE Plasma DE, and it will take some time to learn all it’s workings; however, since I have a pretty good working knowledge of it right now, it now seems that a lot of the new discoveries are more about ‘Tweaking‘.
As I learn new ‘Thangs about the KDE Plasma DE, I will update the “Main ‘Newb TidBits‘ section” of the KDE Plasma – ‘Newb TidBits‘ page. This post will be Part 3b in the series, since it involves Panel Icons_AND_Task Manager Icons (something new I found), and I am already planning on a Part 4 post on another discovered ‘TidBit‘ when this post is finished.
Panel Icons_AND_Task Manager Icons
I test ‘n retest a lot of Linux OSes, and not all of them setup their KDE Plasma versions the same. AlmaLinux 8.5 has the same mixture of Panel Icons ‘n Task Manager Icons, but I was able to move them where I wanted, and in that easy process I missed the differences between the Panel ‘n the Task Manager areas on the ‘Whatever‘ various Linux OSes call it…seems it is “Panel” in most DE’s.
- Windows keeps it simple by just calling it a Taskbar.
- Linux likes *EVERYTHING* “Fragmented.”
- Task Manager widget in panel showing three applications.
- The Task Manager provides easy access to running applications. It is located in the middle section of the Panel.
OK…KDE is sorta calling that area the “Panel,” and the Task Manager is located in the “middle section.”
Here’s a KaOS Panel:
On many of the KDE Plasma Linux OSes, a user can’t get icons arranged the way they want, because they can’t get past those icons in the “middle section,” which I call center area in that pic (and other pics below). In the KaOS case, it was the Dolphin File Manager ‘n the Falcon web browser.
I was able to move all the icons wherever I wanted in AlmaLinux, but not in KaOS (and others).
Here is what I discovered about moving icons in the Task Manager area:
You have to “Unpin” them from the Task Manager.
Add them back “to Panel (Widget)” if you want.
Here’s the Dolphin File Manager ‘n Falcon browser added back “to Panel (Widget)” & then I can easily arrange all the icons on the Panel the way I want:
Nothing in the Task Manager’s center area now, and the Panel is the way I want. Easier in other Linux DE’s, but other Linux DE’s are not as customizable as KDE Plasma is.
Glad I found out how to use Panel_AND_Task Manager to further customize the Panel Icons! In Linux, I like to have the web browser first wid setting in the second spot, and then GParted followed by Gnome Disks; however, some Linux DE’s don’t offer Gnome Disks…bummer! 😒
- NOTE: Posts 3a ‘n 3b (this post) are now basically a ‘Pair‘ wid 3b being a sorta update to 3a. Heck, before I am done there may be Parts 3c ‘n 3d ‘n etc. Hey, I’m just a Linux ‘Newb‘!!! 😉
LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!