Ade Malsasa Akbar contact
Senior author, Open Source enthusiast.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 19:49

This is a list of examples about how to use KDE Plasma 5.8 for the complete beginners. Plasma 5.8 released at Tuesday, 4 October 2016 (a month ago). It brought the beautiful, highly customizable, with easy to use experience for all users. This introduction article created by using Plasma 5.8 on top of latest KDE neon operating system.

Plasma at A Glance

Here is the desktop of KDE, Plasma, looks like. It brings a traditional desktop layout with bottom panel with task bar and system tray, a desktop area with widgets (easy to add & control), and a control button on the top-left corner.

Change Wallpaper

To change wallpaper in KDE Plasma,  right-click on desktop > Configure Desktop > click "Open" button > look for image files and choose one > Apply > OK.

Adding New Panel

To add a new panel, right-click on desktop  > Add Panel > Empty Panel. Basically this will create a blank panel horizontally on top of screen. This new panel is very useful to contain some of your chosen widgets or icons.

Modifying New Panel

For example, to make use of a Panel,

  • drag and drop icons from KDE Menu onto the new panel;
  • after adding icons, you can resize the width and height of Panel by clicking on Panel control button (the three horizontal-lines stack button) and drag the arrow as you wish. You need to try it for a few times;
  • and then click More Settings > Auto Hide to make this Panel gone while it's not needed.

Adding Widgets

KDE provides so many desktop widgets by default, from clock until CPU monitor. To add a widget, click on top-left button on desktop > Add Widget > look for a widget > double click it to add to desktop. Here, for example, my desktop widgets arrangement.

Introducing KDE Connect 

What is KDE Connect? KDE Connect is a new feature (=new software) inside KDE to control the computer remotely from a mobile phone. The program is installed both in the computer (with KDE) and the phone (e.g. KDE Connect for Android). And for example,

  • you can control your pointer clicks and movements remotely from your phone; 
  • you can control your audio & video player actions (play/pause/volume/seek); 
  • you can send/receive files between the computer and the phone; 
  • you can see your phone notifications (sms, phone, etc.) from within your computer;
  • and so on.

KDE Connect is truly an innovation for desktop environments in whole GNU/Linux community. You should try it to see how amazing it is.