Mike McBride

Revision KDE 4.11 (2013-06-02)

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This module is used to configure how the individual widgets are drawn by KDE.


A Widget is a commonly-used programmer's term for referring to User Interface elements such as buttons, menus, and scroll bars. You can think of them as the fundamental pieces that are assembled to make your application.

You can configure how the widgets are drawn with this module, but to change the color of the widgets, you should refer to the section entitled Colors.

This panel is divided into two tabs: Applications and Fine Tuning.

Applications tab

The top drop down box, labeled Widget Style contains a list of the pre-defined styles. Each style has a name, and a brief description.

To change styles, simply click on the style name, and a preview of the style will be displayed in the preview box below the style list.

If a style is configurable, the Configure... button at the right side of the drop down box is enabled and can be used to open a dialog to select further settings.

Fine Tuning tab

Graphical effects

KDE applications will run internal animations with the selected display resolution and CPU usage.

Show icons on buttons

If this option is selected, action buttons (like OK and Apply) will have a small icon located within them to act as a visual reference. If this option is not selected, then only text will appear on the button.

Show icons in menus

If this option is selected, KDE applications will show small icons alongside most menu items. If this option is not selected, then only text will appear in the menus. Changes to the visibility of menu icons will only affect newly started applications.

Main toolbar text, Secondary toolbar text

These drop down boxes lets you determine where on the button in both toolbars the text name of the button will appear as the default. If No Text is selected, then there is no text on the toolbar buttons. If Text Only is selected, then the button's icon is replaced with a text name of the button. If Text Beside Icons is selected, then the name of the button will be placed to the right of the icon. If Text Below Icons is selected, the default will be to have the text of the button below the icon.


This option only specifies the default location. Each application can override the setting used in this panel.

Menubar style

In application: The classic menubar at the top of the application window.

Title bar button: The window has an additional menu button top left. All changes will take effect only for newly started applications.

Top screen menubar: This will turn on a menubar at the top of the screen that is hidden by default and revealed on mouse over or a menu button on the window decoration. This menubar will reflect the menu options of the active application.

Only export: for use by plasma runners + applets. To use this feature you need a KRunner plugin like Appmenu action launcher. Select an application, press Alt+F2 and type the menu action you want to perform.