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How to Change Your Desktop Background

Page history last edited by Ben 13 years, 3 months ago

 

Klikit-Linux was designed with the Windows refugee in mind, and

while it offers the stability, security, and customizability for which

Linux is known, it has retained many of the simple, intuitive tools

Windows users have come to expect, tools which make it easy for

the user to tweak his or her computer in dozens of ways, to achieve

precisely the look they want.  The KDesktop Properties Control

Panel is a prime exampleTo access it, as in Windows, simply

right-click on an empty spot on your desktop, and select Configure

Desktop

 

 

The Configure KDesktop window will open to the Change the background

settings panel.  In the Settings for desktop gadget, select the desktop

you wish the settings to apply to. You can choose to have the same back-

ground on all desktops, or set a different design for each one.

 

 

In the Background box, select Picture.  Then click the down arrow gadget

to drop down a list of backgrounds available in Klikit-Linux,

 

 

or click the blue folder icon to browse for other images on your hard

drive.  If you prefer, you can tick the box next to Slide show, then click

the Setup button, and select a group of images which will then cycle

across your desktop at intervals you determine.

 

 

In the Options box, you can set the position, colors and blending

characteristics.  The settings as depicted in the screenshot below, work

best for me, at least with a scenic photo background.

 

 

By clicking the Advanced Options button, you can further tweak your

desktop to get it just right:

 

As you can see in the screen shot, here you can choose to put a block of

contrasting color behind your icon text, to improve visibility in cases where

the colors in the background may be similar to the text color, making the

text virtually invisible. This setting is especially helpful when you have setup

a Slide show, because sooner or later, a background will appear, with non-

contrasting colors in the icon area, and your icon text will vanish. Here you

can also set the number of lines to use for icon text, and the number of

characters per line. Again, the settings depicted in the screen shot work

great for me, but your mileage may vary.  When you have adjusted the

Advanced settings to your liking, click the OK button, to return to the main

screen.

 

 

Once back on the main background settings screen, click the Apply button,

to apply your new settings, then click OK to exit.

 

But wait! Let's not be hasty! While you are here, explore, poke around,

experiment. The icons in the left pane will each open a new control panel

screen enabling you to tweak other aspects of your Klikit-Linux experience,

and anything you do in here can be undone. You can't break your system,

so try different settings, until you find just the combination that suits you best.

 

 

 

Some useful Links to some additional Desktop Backgrounds on the web.

 

 

GeekConnection Gallery.

Wizards of the Coast Wallpaper Archive

InterfaceLIFT Wallpaper Gallery

 

Happy computing!   Klikit-Linux Wiki Team.

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