Help and FAQs

Help and FAQs

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General Help

General Help

Here are some great resources available from the KDE and Kubuntu communities. Some are already on your system:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I would like to change the wallpaper. How can I do this?

A: Right click on desktop > Configure Desktop > Wallpaper.

Q: I would prefer a different sign-in screen. How can I configure this?

A: Use System Settings > Startup and Shutdown > Login Screen (SDDM) and then click on Background in the bottom right corner. Then select your desired image (see /usr/share/wallpapers for system images).

Q: I would prefer a different lock screen. Is this possible?

A: Use System Settings > Workspace Behavior > Screen Locking > Appearance (tab) and then select your desired image.

Q: I would like to change the size of text and icons on my screen. What can I do?

A: See this guide on scaling.

Q: I need help with keyboard shortcuts. Where can I find this?

A: The hint widget on the top right of the desktop explains keyboard controls. This includes the use of Function keys to control the keyboard LEDs.

Q: I want Numlock set on startup. How can I do this?

A: Use System Settings > Input Devices > Keyboard > Hardware (tab) > Numlock on Plasma Startup (checkbox). Be aware that numlock must be turned off for some keyboard shortcuts to work.

Q: I have some icons in the panel I'd like to always see and others I'd like to removed. What steps do I need to take?

A1: When you run an app it appears as an icon in the Task Manager area of the panel. When the app is closed, the icon is normally removed. However, you may keep it in the task manager even if it is not running by using a right-click to open a a contextual menu. Then click on Pin to Task Manager near the bottom. To unpin an app, use the same procedure but select Unpin from Task Manager.

Remove Icon in Panel

A2: It is also possible an icon is not a part of the task manager and is a widget instead. If this is the case, when you right-click on it you will see a contextual menu with these options: Properties, Add Widgets, Add Panel and Edit Panel. Select Edit Panel and then hover over the icon. You should see options to Configure or Remove. Click on Remove to delete the icon from your panel. Then click on the close button to exit panel editing as shown in the image.

Q: A lot of apps are autostarting when I sign in. I want to turn some or all of them off. How can this be accomplished?

A: There are two mechanisms that autostart apps. First, there is the autostart list. You may toggled or remove apps from this list using System Settings > Startup and Shutdown > AutoStart. The second mechanism is the session manager which reopens apps you were running the last time you signed out. If you do not want to see apps again, exit them and then explicitly sign-out by using App Launcher > Leave > Log Out. When you sign-in again, the apps should not reappear.

Sometimes apps can be tenacious and both of these mechanisms must be used. For example, to prevent Dropbox from autostarting, first toggle the autostart off, then click on the Dropbox icon in the system tray and select Quit Dropbox, and then log out. The steps for KeePassXC are similar. Of course, if you do not need an app that autostarts you can simply remove it using the Discover software center.

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