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How to change wallpaper in KDE4?

asked 2014-04-17 10:23:08 -0500

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updated 2014-04-17 11:47:57 -0500

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I struggle to find a way to change wallpaper with KDE4-based Fedora 19. I have tried:

  1. Right clicking on the desktop to find either of: "Appearance Settings", "Desktop Activities", "Desktop Settings", "Desktop Activity Settings", "Folder view settings". None of them were there.
  2. After clicking on "Activities...", I was presented with a pretty panel on the bottom. Near the currently selected activity there was a wrench Icon. After clicking it, I was given an opportunity to change the name of the activity with a text box and two buttons - "Apply" and "Cancel". Nothing remotely related to wallpapers.
  3. Opening system settings and trying to find either of "Appearance" or "Folder view settings". Suffering a failure.
  4. Looking for anything that would look like it could change wallpaper in "Application Appearance", "Workspace Appearance", "Desktop Effects", "Workspace Behaviour", "Display and Monitor" and "Login Screen".

Here's how my desktop looks. I'm posting a screenshot here, because from reading the references (see below) I can only conclude that something is amiss here:

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And I have googled a lot, finding a few curious pages about the topic:

  1. Official Fedora documentation, apparently missing the "User Guide" section (the one usually containing help on advanced workspace management features, such as changing wallpaper) since Fedora 15.
  2. A Fedora Forums thread, closed as outdated.
  3. A LinuxQuestions thread, demonstrating the diversity of approaches to creative act of wallpaper changing.

Still, nothing of that helped, I'm still stuck with the default background. I think after losing an hour on this I'm about to achieve enlightenment and finally understand what's wrong with my life. I'd really appreciate some help.

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answered 2014-04-17 20:07:19 -0500

updated 2014-04-17 20:07:45 -0500

Hey man, no worries; from your account it sounds as though you barely missed the setting you were looking for. When you select "Default Desktop Settings" after right-clicking on the wallpaper, simply choose "View" on the left (which should be selected by default) and then in the top center of the window observe the "Wallpaper:" setting. Choose "Image" from its drop-down menu and add the image you desire to serve as your wallpaper.

Let me know if something is amiss.

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Oh my god, really? I assumed that "Default Desktop Settings" means "set desktop settings to default", so I was wary of clicking it. Why is it called like that? What does "Default" mean in the context? Anyway, thanks a lot for the help )

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