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openSUSE 11.1 KDE Quick Start Guide
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Applying Desktop Effects

If your computer supports a 3D graphic card with Xgl, you can use graphical effects like turning your desktop into a rotating 3D cube, enabling translucent or transparent windows, zooming in and out of the desktop screen, and using other window effects, such as shadows, fading, and transformations. If you do not have a 3D graphic card, some effects may be disabled or reduce the performance of your system.

To configure the effects on your desktop, proceed as follows:

  1. Start the personal settings window as described in Modifying Personal Settings.

  2. Select Desktop > Desktop Effects and choose Enable Desktop Effects.

  3. If you like, choose some configuration from Common Effects

  4. Select the effects in the All Effects tab. The info icon gives you a small explanation. Some effects may have a configuration dialog for further adjustments.

  5. Use Apply to enable the effects permanently.

To enable and use Xgl, you can make use of the following effects:

  • Wrap your virtual desktops around a cube and rotate the cube to get to another virtual desktop. Rotate the cube with Ctrl+Alt+ or Ctrl+Alt+.

  • Fly through the range of virtual desktops without having to use the pager and select the one to use. To change to this panel-like view, use Ctrl+Alt+. To scroll to a desktop left or right of the current one, keep holding Ctrl+Alt and use and .

  • Zoom into certain parts of the desktop. Select the area to enlarge and right-click while holding the Windows key.

  • Show all windows opened on one virtual desktop as if they were resized so all fit in the display at once. Arrange the windows using Ctrl+Alt+. While holding down Ctrl+Alt, use the arrow keys to determine the focus.

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