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June 12, 2010 / P. Filippaios

Promoting KDE: KWin tiling in KDE SC 4.5

In a previous post I had given a hint for KWin Tiling.

I’m now using KDE 4.5 beta2, which is *quite* stable -with a few known bugs though- and … beautiful (check out the new Air Plasma theme along with the new Blur effect).

Tiling Windows is a very effective way to have your windows aligned especially if your needs (programming) or desktop (netbooks) require multiple windows displayed together in a limited space.

Let’s see now how can KWin Tiling be enabled with a set of screenshots.

(The system theme, icons and fonts are custom and not the default ones).

Note: This applies only to KDE 4.5 and later versions.

1. Open System Settings

2. Navigate to Window Behavior

3. Go to the Window Behavior submenu and then press the “Advanced” tab

4. Press the “Enable Tiling” checkbox and then configure the Tiling Settings according to what you like and press Apply

5. Voilà

PS.: I will also update the Arch Wiki KDE page for those that would like those instructions there.



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  1. bananaoomarang / Jun 13 2010 10:19 pm

    I like the look of 4.5. It looks, promising…..

  2. kottin / Aug 16 2010 11:12 pm

    Which theme of KDE is this?
    Is the new aria? With those buttons?

    • flamelab / Aug 16 2010 11:26 pm

      You mean the plasma theme ?

      • kottin / Aug 17 2010 2:00 am

        lol sorry I didn’t read this sentence:
        “(The system theme, icons and fonts are custom and not the default ones).”
        However I meant the system style, colors and icons…

        Sorry for the english 🙂

        P.S.: The osx-style menubar is a new option of KDE 4.5, or you have added a plasmoid or something similar?

  3. flamelab / Aug 17 2010 2:08 pm

    @kottin: It’s the bespin menubar. You install bespin-svn and then, alongside with the KDE theme, you install a Xbar plasmoid, which does all the work… 🙂

    • kottin / Aug 23 2010 4:51 pm

      And the style is bespin-svn too?
      With which mod?

  4. schivmeister / Aug 25 2010 11:40 pm

    I absolutely love your theme. I normally dislike lookalikes, but this is really exceptional. I’ve always kept my KDE look as stock as possible, because all the styles out there lacked depth.

    However, you’ve managed to bring out that depth from configuring Bespin, so keep it up!

    I’m sure we would all like a bundled theme pack, but if you’re not up to it, the following would be just fine:

    * Bespin configuration file
    * Colour scheme file
    * Name of KWin window decorator style

    And also, is that dock a standard KDE panel?

  5. flamelab / Aug 26 2010 6:32 am

    I found all of them, randomly, on The bespin theme is a bit tweaked by me, for example, I liked the buttons to be raised instead of sunken. This can be easily configured within the Bespin’s config.

    You can find the Bespin theme (not exactly this one) + Dekorator theme in this guy’s uploads:

    ^ He has one of the most remarkable KDE4 desktops I’ve ever seen, but he uses… unknown apps that I don’t think he’ll ever publish *rant*

    The dock down there is Docky. I have installed docky-bzr, and it is the only dock I find … usable and stable. It hasn’t got to do with KDE at all, since it has gnome deps.

    • kottin / Aug 26 2010 1:02 pm

      Thanks! 😀

  6. lunamystry / Sep 14 2011 8:25 am

    How well does this work now? For example I would like to have xmonad/awesome type shortcuts for it can I do that yet? Last I tried it (around March 2011) it didn’t work so well.


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