If you are using a distribution that now ships with KDE 4 you might notice the desktop is less than user-friendly. From the main menu to the panel, KDE 4 has a way to go before it fits the bill for every-day production use. But there are ways to make your KDE 4 desktop much better. Once portion of the desktop you can change for the better is the default window behaviour. These behaviors can be changed quickly in order to make KDE 4 much more user-friendly.
The default behaviors we are going to change are:
These behaviors are configured in the System Settings window. To get to the System Settings window go to the main menu and select System Settings in the Favorites tab. Once the System Settings window opens click on the Window Behavior and you'll see a number of tabs.
The first configuration is the Policy. From the Policy drop-down select "Focus Follows Mouse" (The window directly under the mouse has focus). Now click the Auto Raise option (When a window has focus it raises above all other windows). If you want to configure an delay for the auto raise you can enter a value (in milliseconds) in the Delay text area.
Now click on the Titlebar Actions tab. In this tab you will want to take a look at the Titlebar Double-Click action. One of the best options is the Shade option. When you enable the Shade option your window will roll up into the titlebar on a titlebar double click.
Once you have made the changes click the Apply button and the changes will be in place.
Above you can see how a grouping of shaded windows can help to keep your desktop organized. Need to use one of your windows...double click it to unshade it.
There are plenty of options to configure in KDE 4. But for some quick and simple configurations that will make your desktop workspace much easier to use, you can't be these Window Behavior settings.Advertisement
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