Resized kontact/calendar pane. Now can't get it back

Mike Diehl mdiehl at
Wed Apr 20 15:04:34 BST 2022

On Wednesday, April 20, 2022 1:37:32 AM EDT Duncan wrote:
> Mike Diehl posted on Fri, 01 Apr 2022 10:43:02 -0400 as excerpted:
> > On Thursday, March 10, 2022 5:30:58 PM EDT Frank Steinmetzger wrote:
> >> Am Mon, Feb 28, 2022 at 05:11:03PM -0500 schrieb Mike Diehl:
> >> > Hi all,
> >> > 
> >> > I was using kontact's calendar module and managed to make the date
> >> > navigator and calendar manager disappear by resizing the panel.  How
> >> > can I reset the screen layout?
> >> 
> >> There should be a vertical grip handle right next to the Kontact icon
> >> sidebar. Actually, there are two on my machine. One for the iconbar
> >> itself and one for those panels.
> > 
> > I was able to get back on my wife's machine and confirm that there are
> > no handles to grab.  I can find the resizing area, but when I drag it
> > out in either direction, nothing happens.
> > 
> > So, I need to find where the layout is stored and "reset" it.  Any
> > ideas?
> [Manually reset to standard nested quote/reply order.]
> With the caveat below forcing a general answer which I never-the-less hope
> you find useful, kde configuration files are normally reasonably named and
> found in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME (~/.config/ by default if that var isn't set).
> Look for a kontact subdir if it exists, and if you don't find it there,
> kontactrc or other kontact* or possibly kalendar* or similar.
> With fresh backups just in case, these should be text-editable.
> The files should be normal *.ini format files for the most part, plain
> text with [] enclosed section titles and setting=value lines.
> (Unfortunately, a few "state=" values are apparently base64-encoded binary
> or some such -- toolbar state being the thing I remember finding stored
> this way. But that's reasonably easy to reconfigure if deleting the rather
> opaque line whole is required, certainly easier than having to redo an
> entire heavily customized configuration from scratch.)
> Caveat: I've never needed the full kontact suite and have never run it.
> After a decade on kmail without a lost mail that I recall, I started
> losing emails when they jumped the akonadi shark, and migrated away when I
> realized they were needlessly complexifying simple text-based email into
> easily corrupted binary database crap.  Since then, having broken my
> trust, anything kdepim or akonadi related is not allowed anywhere even
> close to my systems.  Of course YMMV and you may have never had such
> problems and with luck never will, but that's why, not seeing anything
> more specific posted yet, I'm posting the rather general answer based on
> kde norms, hoping it's still helpful.

Very useful information!  Thank you.


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