A.9. Customizing KDE

KDE allows you to configure the desktop and your system to suit your needs. The KDE Control Center, available by selecting Main Menu => Control Center, lets you customize the look and behavior of the desktop. The following list explains some of the configuration options in detail.

KDE Components

This section lets you configure the Konqueror file manager and customize certain file operations. You can also associate files to applications that you prefer (for example, assigning all digital music files to open in XMMS instead of the default player).

Appearance & Themes

This sections allows you to customize the visual aspect of your desktop environment. You can customize background images and configure fonts, themes, icons, panel elements, screensavers, and window border appearance. You can also customize mouse and keyboard events which makes working with the desktop as efficient for your needs as possible.

Regional & Accessibility

This section allows you to set country and language options to your particular locale. For users with sight or hearing impairments, you can also configure accessibility features such as audible and visual cues and keyboard/mouse customization.

System Administration

This section is an advanced system configuration interface. You need your root password to configure most of these options. This section allows you to install new fonts, configure login management, set system paths, and more. It is strongly recommended that you leave these settings at their default values unless you understand the consequences of changing them.

Web Browsing

This section allows you to configure the Konqueror Web browser. You can configure options such as cache sizes, website cookies, plugins, proxy settings (if available), and enhanced browsing using keyword shortcuts.