KDE Windows Configuration Titlebar

If you are using the latest KDE edition of your favorite distribution, your window titlebar could be missing a button or two that you most certainly need. That is definitely the case on Sabayon 9 KDE, a review of which should be published later today. The titlebar could also be sporting spacers that you do not need, as is the case on Kubuntu 12.04.

This short article shows you how to get the right buttons on the titlebar, and get the ones you do not need out of it.

The screen shot below, which was taken from a test installation of Sabayon 9 KDE, shows what I am referring to. A normal titlebar should have a minimize, maximize, and a close button. This one clearly does not. It just has a maximize and close buttons. Also, it has a huge gap between the buttons.
Dolphin Sabayon 9 KDE

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This one shows the buttons on a normal titlebar.
Titlebar Dolphin Sabayon 9 KDE

Take the following steps to get the right buttons on the titlebar. To start, launch the KDE control center by clicking on Menu > Favorites > System Settings. You want to click or double-click on Workspace Appearance.
KDE System Settings

When in the Workspace Appearance module’s window, click on Configure Buttons.
KDE Windows Configuration

That should launch this window. All you need to do here is drag and drop. Drag what you do not need from the titlebar preview and drop it in the button panel, and drag what you need in the reverse direction. In this screen shot, the H‘s in the titlebar preview are spacers that are not necessary, On an application window, those spacers are responsible for gaps between titlebar buttons.

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At a minimum, you need the minimize, maximize and close buttons. The shade button is nice to have too, When present, clicking on a shade button will cause a window to roll up, leaving just the titlebar visible. When you are done dragging-and-dropping, click the OK, then on Apply in the Workspace Appearance window. That should do it.
KDE Windows Configuration Titlebar

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  1. my pc had windows 7 installed but it crashed for unknwon reason . as i was in a hurry , i had to install linux mint as a single os .. later i realized that i can’t log tom my partitions which were previously created by windows 7. when i try to reinstall windows 7 or any other version of windows i have a message saying i have to format my hard which became one raw partition site:answers.google.com

    1. So you managed to delete Windows 7 when you installed Mint on the same HDD. That install of Windows 7 is gone. Now you’re trying to reinstall Windows 7. That means deleting Mint, which is OK, provided that’s what you want to do.

      So use the Windows 7 install CD to reformat the HDD and reinstall. Afterwards, you can install Mint alongside it in a dual-boot fashion. Easy as pie.

  2. Installing 17.1 to dual boot on a Win7 EFI pc on getting to the no ‘This computer currently has no detected operating system’ when selecting the ‘Something else’ screen I am then met with a table showing dev/sda as having 160041MB of free space. The drive is formatted with a 75 GB partition containing W7 and a 70 GB partition empty which I intend to use, there is approximately 5 GB of unallocated space. My other drives sdb and sdc show the partitions correctly.

    When booting using the f12 boot manager I select the EFI dvd drive as the option to boot from, this is actually the first, so default, option with an ATAPI option for the same drive at the bottom. I have previously got to this stage with the intended 70GB partition as unallocated with the exact same outcome.

    I have made repeated attempts with the intended partition left as both unallocated space and a FAT32 partition, all with the same result. Going past this and creating partition will, to my mind, corrupt my Windows installation.

    Having only 4 SATA headers on the board, and using all for 3 drives and a disk drive I don’t really want to use the option of installing an operating system of either of my two data drive (sdb & sdc) as they are used for specific storage.

    My problem is where do I go next?

  3. I looked at a number of websites purporting to explain how to do dual boot.
    Although this was the least detailed, it was also the simplest and clearest to apply.
    And it worked without a hitch.

  4. Hi , I have an Gigabyte board GA-990FXA-UD3,which i installed win.8.1 , I decided i didn’t like 8.1 so i wiped my hard drive clean and tried to install Linux Mint 17.3.( this board does not have the secure or fast boot in Bios.) every time i try and install Linux from a disk i get this message AHCI usb detection failed. i lose the keyboard,mouse and my WIFI, also, i have no working usb ports and have no way of installing mint! Any solution to my dilemma? (Oh BTW i have changed my bios to Legacy w/no results.)

    1. I have a box that I built using a Gigabyte GA-Z68MA (Intel processors) that works just fine, though I have occasional issues with the USB ports.

      Have you checked there’s an AHCI in the BIOS/UEFI settings that needs to be enabled? That might be a cause.

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