K-Menu - High-lighting a bit too subtle

Bogus Zaba bogsub at bogzab.plus.com
Mon Aug 11 08:29:08 BST 2014

On 11/08/14 05:45, Duncan wrote:
> Bogus Zaba posted on Sun, 10 Aug 2014 17:58:36 +0100 as excerpted:
>> KDE 4.10.5 as supplied with Slackware 14.1.
>> I sometimes need to use the K-Menu to find an application and when I do
>> so, I find that the default way selected items are highlighted as you
>> scroll along them with either mouse of keyboard is a bit subtle. I would
>> prefer to be able to see more readily where my cursor is. This is
>> especially true on my laptop where the screen needs to be a the right
>> angle (and not too much sunlight interfering etc).
>> Is there anywhere you can configure this setting? Perhaps a theme?
> "K-Menu" can mean several different things in kde4.  What type of k-menu,
> classic, kickoff, other?
> ...
> If you're using the kickoff style kmenu, the behavior and configuration
> is totally different, as that's part of the plasma workspace, covered by
> its own settings and widget theme, not the standard kde color settings
> and widget styles.  Why the chose to have two entirely different sets of
> widgets configured in two entirely different places using two entirely
> different rulesets I don't know, as all it does is confuse people, but it
> has been that way for all of kde4, and won't be changing in kde4 now.
> What kde frameworks5 and plasma5 are doing with it I don't know, but one
> could hope they've done /something/ about that situation.
> Anyway, yes, in that case the configuration is via theme -- there's no
> GUI for configuring specific settings and you may have to directly-edit
> the theme files if you can't find a theme that does what you want.  The
> configuration, such as it is, is still kde system settings but in an
> entirely different location, under workspace appearance and behavior,
> workspace appearance, desktop theme.
> Other than changing the entire theme on the theme tab, you can switch to
> the details tab and "customize" by choosing among installed themes for
> each individual component.  For instance, you can use the default oxygen
> theme for most components but use the air theme for just the kickoff
> menu, if you like.
It was Kickoff I was talking about, so your advice (above) on this was 
relevant. The only problem is
that although changing the theme (including changing it just for 
"Kickoff" using the details tab), changes
various aspects of the display, the one thing that remains constant for 
all themes I have tried is the
method of highlighting the items under the cursor. This is done by 
drawing two light grey lines
above and below the item to be highlighted (on a white background).

> But as I said, beyond that, you pretty much have to manually edit the
> individual theme files directly.  It can be done, but it's not easy
> unless you want to become a kde4 plasma themes expert, and it's a bit
> late for that as the first releases of kde frameworks5 and plasma5 are
> already out, and will likely be shipping in distros next year, if not
> later this year for some, so you'd only have a relatively short time to
> use that expert knowledge.

If you can point me at the relevant config files I will have a quick look, but as you say this is not something that it is worth spending a huge effort on.

Thanks for your help


Dr Bogumil N Zaba

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