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Chapter 17. Customizing the desktop

17.1. Changing the theme
17.1.1. Changing the theme in GNOME
17.1.2. Changing the theme in KDE
17.2. Changing the background
17.2.1. Changing the background in GNOME
17.2.2. Changing the background in KDE
17.3. Customizing file browsing behavior
17.3.1. Customizing file browsing behavior in GNOME
17.3.2. Customizing file browsing behavior in KDE
17.4. Customizing input methods
17.5. Compiz-Fusion
17.6. Widgets>
17.6.1. GDesklets
17.6.2. KDE plasmoids
Fedora allows you to customize the "look and feel" of your desktop environment. All of the settings that determine the appearance of your desktop are referred to collectively as a theme.

17.1. Changing the theme

Most desktop environments, including GNOME and KDE, allow you to install new themes to tweak the appearance of the desktop. The process for installing a theme varies for each desktop. You can find the process for installing themes under GNOME and KDE in this chapter, and most desktop environments include installation instructions in their own documentation.

17.1.1. Changing the theme in GNOME

To change the desktop theme, choose System Preferences Appearance. The Appearance Preferences window appears with the Theme tab selected. To change the theme, select one from the list, the theme will be applied automatically.
Fedora's repositories include many other themes that you can install, in the gnome-themes-extra package. You can install gnome-themes-extra by either using the PackageKit or on the command line by using Yum. Refer to Chapter 18, Managing software for instructions.
When the gnome-themes-extra is installed on your computer, the themes can be selected by using the Appearance program described in this section.

17.1.2. Changing the theme in KDE

By default KDE uses Oxygen as its theme, with many more available from http://www.kde-look.org/.
To change the theme, click Kickoff Application Launcher Computer System Settings Appearance. Click the Application Appearance item and then click Style.
To change the theme, select one from the list and click the Apply button at the bottom of the window.
You can download additional icons and themes for KDE by installing the kdeartwork-icons and kdeartwork packages. You can install these packages by either using the PackageKit or on the command line by using Yum. Refer to Chapter 18, Managing software for instructions.