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The KDE User Guide

The KDE Documentation Team

Revision 0.0.1 (2004-06-16)

A general user guide to KDE

Please report any problems with this document to .


Table of Contents

I. Introduction
1. Welcome to the KDE User Guide
What this book aims to be
What this book is not
Conventions used in this book
System Locations
Overview, or “Where to look in the User Guide
II. The Desktop
2. The Basics
Logging In and Logging Out
Logging in Graphically
Logging in via the Command Line
Logging Out
Getting Help
User Manuals
Context and “What's This” Help
Mailing Lists, Newsgroups and IRC
More Resources
Windows, How To Work Them
Basic Window Management
Advanced Window Management
Using Multiple Desktops
The File Manager
Introduction
Folders
The Navigation Panel (aka “The Sidebar”)
Icons
Links and Shortcuts
The Trash
3. The Panel and the Desktop
Kicker, the KDE Panel
Configuring Kicker
Customizing the icons on the panel
Adding extras and applets
The System Tray
Removing Panel Items
The Taskbar
Using the Clipboard
The Selection
The Clipboard
More Advanced Clipboard Use
Related Information
4. Programs and Documents
Launching Programs
Controlling Programs
Opening and Saving Files
The File Dialog
Configuring Programs
Application Configuration
Configuring Keyboard Shortcuts
Configuring Notifications
Configuring Toolbars
III. KDE Components
5. The KDE Control Center
Appearance & Themes
Desktop
Internet & Network
KDE Components
Peripherals
Power Control
Regional & Accessibility
Security & Privacy
System Administration
6. The Base KDE Applications
Fundamentals
Personal Information Management
Network
Office
Graphics
Multimedia
7. KDE Extragear Applications
Available in the KDE Extragear
Multimedia
Graphics
Network
Utilities
Related Information
8. Multimedia With KDE
Removable Disks
Automount
Mounting
Playing Music
Music Players
Audio CD Ripping in KDE
Ingredients
Recipe
Playing Movies
9. KDE the Multiuser Desktop
About Your KDE Account
Using KDE as Root
Switching Sessions
10. Networking with KDE
File Sharing
How to share files with kpf
Networking With Windows
How It Works
resLISa
Configuration
Shared Sessions
11. Graphics, Printing, and Fonts
Setting Up a Printer
Printing From Applications
PDF Files
Fonts - Installing and Configuring
Creating Graphics
12. Konsole Introduction
13. KDE Edutainment
Improve your language skills
Mathematics
Science
Teaching Tools
Miscellaneous
Related Information
14. Accessibility
KMouseTool
KMagnifier
KMouth
KTTS - Text-to-Speech
15. Tinkering Under the Hood of KDE
Hand-Editing Configuration Files
Introduction
Backups
Editing
Scripting the Desktop
Adding Extra Keybindings to KDE
Adding Keybindings for New Actions
KDebugDialog - Controlling KDE's Debugging Output
Basic Usage
KDebugDialog in full mode
IV. KDE and the Internet
16. Setting up an Internet Connection
Getting online the easy way
A few things you should have ready before you start
The KPPP wizard
Starting the Wizard.
The Rest of the Wizard
17. Getting Started with Email
Information you will need before you start
Setting your Identity
Setting up your Account
Sending Messages
Receiving Messages
Testing your Setup
18. Konqueror
Internet Shortcuts
Fine Tuning your Browsing Experience
19. Usenet News
Personal settings
Configuring the news account
Setting up the mail account
20. Introduction to messaging
How to get started
Meta-contacts
IRC
Linking email and messaging
V. Office
21. Introduction to KOffice
Overview
Features
OASIS OpenDocument file format
22. KOffice Components Overview
23. Further Information
Application Manuals
Internet Resources
Plugin development
VI. KDE for Administrators
24. KDE Internals
Overview
Directory Layout
Specifying Directories
User Profiles
Directory Layout Revisited
Architecture-specific Directories
Shared Directories
Host-specific Directories
Configuration Files
KDE Startup Sequence
kdm
The KDE Startup Script: startkde
Background Processes
kdeinit
dcopserver
kcminit
klauncher
knotify
KSMServer
Environment variables
The kdeinit Mystery
25. Customizing KDE
Desktop Icons
Websites
Applications
The Exec option in .desktop files
Devices
Where to Define
KDE Menu
How it Works
Stored Where?
Common Pitfalls
Essential Menus
Old-Style Menus
KSycoca
kmenuedit
KDE Panel
File Associations
26. Locking Down KDE
How It Works - The Basics
Immutable Configuration Options
Action Restrictions
URL Restrictions
Configuration Modules
27. The Lazy Admin
Remote Desktop Sharing
KDE DIY - Building Your Own Tools
DCOP
KDialog
28. Sharing data with Kontact via IMAP
Introduction
What is IMAP
Kolab or IMAP?
How to set up IMAP server Cyrus
How to setup Kontact clients
How to have Read Only Access
Credits
Further Reading
VII. More Tools
29. Application Guide for Migrates
30. Dictionary for Migrators
31. The Standard Menu Entries
32. Glossary of Terms
33. Troubleshooting Problems
Networking and X
When An Application Will Not Open
34. Contributing to KDE
A. Credits and Licenses
Credits
License
Index

List of Tables

29.1. Sample Table



 
 
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