As I mentioned in my last post , I was having trouble figuring out how to assign Desktop Activities in KDE 4.6 to virtual desktops. I like the concept of activities, especially being able to turn them off and on, having titles, as well as the flexibility that they provide. I never have much gone in for virtual desktops, but activities are something I want to make use of as they seem to fit what I want my laptop to do.
I would really like to be able to have these show on my desktop cube, or whichever switcher I end up liking. Unfortunately these switchers look to be virtual-desktop-only 🙁
Normally , you can consider a virtual desktop to be a sub-set of an Activity. So each Activity can have a number of desktops. However There is a way to make your desktops into activities – within that main activity.
It is actually pretty easy to set up:
First you turn off all your Activities but your main one. While it isn’t 100 % necessary, it makes things much easier as you won’t inadvertently switch activities, or in my case getting lost as to which activity/desktop I am really in.
Here, I am using the Activity Manager widget, plasma-widget-activitymanager in your favorite package manager. I find it a great tool when playing with activities.
Next, you go to your pager, right-click on it and add the number of desktops you want, in my case I have 4. Now go to System Settings, Workspace Behavior, and make sure that “Different widgets for each desktop” is checked.
Now, you can go to each of your virtual desktops and customize them. You can change the Activity type and background image by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting Desktop Settings.
You can now show off some cool bits of KDE on your desktop cube.
Problem is, they are all still, as far as I can see, handled as virtual desktops. They all have the same name as the parent activity – I know I can label them in the settings, but that doesn’t appear on the individual desktops as Activities do. And you can’t turn them off and on, either. I know this may be a bit much to expect at this stage as Activities are still in my opinion are just recently at what I consider a usable state. What is really missing is a mouse action or better keyboard shortcut to switch activities like there are for desktops
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