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Re: [kde] K-Menu - High-lighting a bit too subtle

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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