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Re: [kde-linux] kde-linux Digest, Vol 142, Issue 3 How do I disable the popup which appears when I change workspaces

My Platform:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Client release 5.5
KDE: 3.5.4


Your tip to try kcmshell was a great help to me. It's helped me become aware that there are many modules are available for customizing the kde desktop environment. I think there be one more kcmshell option/module for Mun to try to disable pop-up's when switching workspaces. The module is called “kwinoptions”.

kcmshell kwinoptions, brings up a window titled: “Window Behavior”. The default TAB is named: Focus. In the Focus TAB, the lower half of that window is named: Navigation. And the Navigation section has a “Show window list while switching windows” check box.

I thought this would be worthwhile for Mun to try (to deselect the check box). This was the only kde option I seen where they use the word “switching”, so I was hoping it may switch off the pop-up's for Mun.

One more tip. You’ve had Mun using kcmshell to bring up the many modules in an attempt to find where the disable pop-up's  is configured. On my version of Linux and KDE software, I’ve also have a command called “kcontrol”. This command brings up a main kde control panel with all the modules available as a tree structure set of selections (Appearance, Desktop, Internet, Components, Peripherals, and more…).

kcmshell helped me understand all the many modules that are available. And kcontrol made it easier for me access those control panels. Perhaps, kcontrol is be available to Mun? Hope that helps… I’ve enjoyed reading all the detail you’ve provided.

Thank you,


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   1. Re: How do I disable the popup which appears when I change
      workspaces? (Mun Johl)


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Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2015 10:03:24 -0700
From: Mun Johl <Mun.Johl@xxxxxxxxxx>
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Subject: Re: [kde-linux] How do I disable the popup which appears when
        I change        workspaces?
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Hi Duncan,

On Sat, Apr 04, 2015 at 01:06 AM PDT, Duncan wrote:
D> Mun Johl posted on Fri, 03 Apr 2015 09:36:06 -0700 as excerpted:
D> > On Thu, Apr 02, 2015 at 07:40 PM PDT, Duncan wrote:
D> > D> Mun Johl posted on Thu, 02 Apr 2015 17:46:41 -0700 as excerpted:
D> > D>
D> > D> > My Platform:
D> > D> >    CentOS release 6.4 (Final)
D> > D> >    Qt: 4.6.2 KDE: 4.3.4 (KDE 4.3.4)
D> > D> >
D> > D> > I would like to disable the popup that appears every time I
D> > D> > change from one workspace to another.
D> > D> Disabling those popups should be possible, and is /definitely/
D> > D> possible in current kde4 (4.14.6 with 4.11.17 plasma, on qt
D> > D> 4.8.6) but that version of kde4 is so old (over half a decade),
D> > D> that I'm not sure how well the below instructions translate
D> > Unfortunately, I don't have any control regarding the software updates.
D> >
D> > D> KDE system settings, workspace appearance and behavior,
D> > D> workspace behavior, virtual desktops.  It will default to the desktops tab.
D> > D> Change to the switching tab.
D> > It appears I am out of luck.  I don't have the exact hierarchy as
D> > you describe, but I did find some Window and Desktop Switching
D> > Effects controls under "Desktop Effects".  However, there is a note
D> > on that page stating that "Compositing is not supported on your
D> > system."  Thus, all of the settings are grayed out.
D> Look around a bit more, desktop effects is a different control panel
D> applet than I was referring to, and while the lack of OpenGL support
D> on your system does disable most desktop effects, and with them the
D> animation option I mentioned, it obviously doesn't disable the popup
D> you're trying to be rid of, or it wouldn't be there to get rid of!
D> So look around, the applet I mentioned won't be where I said due to
D> the age of your system, but it should be there, and IIRC, it
D> contained the option to disable that popup even back then.  You just
D> have to find the right applet.
D> Another way to go about it would be to try this.  Open a konsole
D> commandline window and type into it:
D> kcmshell4 --list
D> That should output a whole list of the available kde control panel
D> modules.  With a bit of luck, the "desktop" module will be on that list.
D> Assuming it is, try this:
D> kcmshell4 desktop

"desktop" was in fact on the list.  However when I run the
"kcmshell4 desktop" command, what comes up is the "Multiple Desktops - KDE Control Module" window.  The only configuration options within are to set the number of desktops, and being able to name each of the desktops.

No tabs for other choices is present.  Nor can I find anywhere else to make the changes.  Searching for "switch" only brings up the orignal Desktop Effects page I previously mentioned.

I'm thinking that when I have some time, I will look into editing the KDE Theme I am using (Aya).  Perhaps there is something enabled in there that triggers the popup for desktop switching.

Again, thanks very much for your insights and support!

Kind regards,


D> Here, that gets me the two tabs as described in my original reply,
D> desktop (the default) and switching.  If it gets you the same thing,
D> as I said, the options you're looking for /should/ be on the switching tab.
D> That is of course hoping that they simply changed the control panel
D> applet order order in kde system settings, and that the settings are
D> on that panel in or old version as in mine, even if the panel itself
D> is in a different place in kde system settings.
D> --
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