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Plasma is the component of the KDE project that actually displays the desktop (i.e. wallpapers, panels, etc).

Get new plasmoids

You can get new plasmoids from

KDEmod users can easily install new plasmoids from the kdemod-extragear repository.

Tips & tricks

Decoupling the Dashboard from the Desktop


The Dashboard is what shows up when you press the Ctrl+F12 keys (if Plasma is running and if you didn't change the shortcut of course). By default, this "brings forward" your desktop and helps address the "but I never see my desktop!" problem, explains Aaron Seigo in HOWTO: decoupling the dashboard from the desktop.

Note: as of KDE 4.2 there is no GUI to accomplish this task so we have to edit the Plasma configuration files, this is not really a user-friendly procedure.
Warning: you should make a backup of the Plasma configuration files cited below before starting.

Create a new desktop

The first thing to do is create a new "Desktop" that will become our Dashboard:

  1. zoom out using the Cashew on the upper-right corner of your desktop
  2. find a button to add an Activity (you might have to unlock the plasmoids for this button to appear)

Quit plasma

The second step is to quit Plasma so it won't interfere while we are editing its configuration files:

Note: don't feel lost because your desktop has disappeared, your applications are still here and Alt+Tab and KRunner (Alt+F2 by default) still work too!

Edit the files

We have 2 numbers to find in the following file, write them down: Template:File

In this second file we will tell Plasma to use the new Activity as the Dashboard of our Desktop: Template:File

Re-start plasma

You can now re-start plasma and press Ctrl+F12 or whatever shortcut you gave for the Dashboard to check if you did things right.


If it doesn't work maybe this example with real numbers will help you find your error: Template:File Template:File