Sunday, December 1, 2013

KDE4: Show the Trash Can and Home icons

My earlier post shows how to display the Trash Can on the GNOME 3 desktop. Not to be out-done, KDE4 also hides the Trash Can by default. This post outlines the steps to enable the display of the Trash Can on KDE4. I'll also show how to set up the Home directory icon on the KDE4 desktop.

To display the Trash Can:

  1. Click anywhere on the desktop background.

    A menu is displayed.

  2. Click Add Widgets.
  3. Search for the trashcan widget by entering 'trash' in the search box.
  4. Double click the trashcan widget returned by the search.

You now have a Trash Can displayed on your desktop. You can drag & drop files onto the trash can to delete files.

To set up a Home directory icon on the desktop:

  1. Run your favourite File Manager (say Dolphin).
  2. Navigate to your Home directory (/home/username/).
  3. Drag and drop the Home directory onto the target location of the desktop that you want the icon to appear.

    A widget menu appears.

  4. Click Icon to create an icon for your Home directory.

    An icon labelled peter is created.

  5. Clicking the icon labelled peter runs the Dolphin file manager and opens your Home directory.

The icon labelled peter is essentially your Home icon. It'd be even better if I can rename the icon to Home. But, I can't find a way to do it. The user name suffices.

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