Ways to switch activities (was: Re: Right-klick menu on workspace)
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Tue Sep 1 04:21:21 BST 2009
On 2009-08-30 20:56, Duncan wrote:
> [...] Note that it's possible to
> have multiple "activities", as they are called. Switching between them
> is a bit awkward, normally accomplished by hitting the desktop "cashew",
> zooming out, using add activity (menu in the top left corner, modified by
> the location of any top-panel you may have) if you want a second one,
> then zooming in on the activity you wish to use (bottom right "toolbox"
> attached to each activity).
> In zoomed out mode, clicking on the configure/wrench icon in the toolbox
> for each activity brings up the same "Desktop Settings" dialog, but once
> you have more than one and set say the background different on the second
> one, and the name, it's then obvious that each one is different. Thus,
> it's not a system setting, but a setting of the individual activity.
> Note that new to kde 4.3.0, it's now possible to use a different activity
> for each virtual desktop. (This is set in the configure plasma dialog,
> wrench on the plasma menu when zoomed out, not in the individual activity
> toolbox.) That may be a more comfortable metaphor for some people, than
> having two separate metaphors available to switch, the virtual desktop,
> and the activity.
> The plasma menu, either from the cashew or in the menu that appears when
> zoomed out, also contains a "Shortcut Settings" entry, which leads to a
> dialog where you may set them. By default, all plasma shortcuts are a
> two-key sequence, Alt-D,<key>, where <key> is the chosen key assigned to
> that function. Using these shortcuts, it is possible to switch
> activities, add new ones, delete old ones, etc, without resorting to the
> cashew and zooming. Except, at least here, it's tricky to get plasma to
> detect the key sequence and actually do the action. Sometimes it does,
> sometimes it doesn't. That may be related to an existing known bug with
> multi-key sequences (see kde bug 161009). Anyway, it's supposed to work,
> but does seem rather buggy, even with default settings.
Just to give one more option on how to switch between activities: There is a
plasmoid called 'Activity Bar' which makes switching between activities easier.
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