KDE 4 Tip - Quickly Disable Desktop Effects

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So, that proprietary 3D graphics driver you installed is now causing you some problems, so you got rid of it. But there's a problem. Your KDE 4 installation had those fancy desktop effects enabled, which now aren't working. Instead of a KDE desktop, you have a nice white screen.

There is an easy keyboard shortcut you can use from within KDE to quickly toggle the desktop effects on and off if you have a problem with them which causes KDE to be unusable.

Simply press Alt-Shift-F12.

Note that this only toggles the setting for that session only. If you want to turn the setting permanently off, you must then go into System Settings > Desktop > Desktop Effects.

I haven't verified this tip in KDE 3, but it may well work. Please do post a comment if you can confirm or deny this.

UPDATE: that would be F12, not F2. Sorry! Thanks to Karper for pointing that out.

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Peter Upfold is a technology enthusiast from the UK. Peter’s interest in Linux stems back to 2003, when curiosity got the better of him and he began using SUSE 9.0. Now he runs Linux Mint 9 on the desktop, runs a CentOS-based web server from home for his personal website and dabbles in all sorts of technology things across the Windows, Mac and open source worlds.

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Discussion: KDE 4 Tip - Quickly Disable Desktop Effects

  1. Karper (guest)

    # Posted on 27 January 2009 at 01:20 AM

    F12, It's Alt+Shift+F12, not F2.

  2. # Posted on 07 February 2009 at 02:42 AM

    [...] told you how to quickly set desktop effects in KDE with the press of a button if you’re using KWin. A similar trick is available for [...]

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