[SOLVED] Move open program to different desktop

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[SOLVED] Move open program to different desktop

Postby SolydForEver » 30 Jul 2016 19:49

Hi all,
I use SolydK 8-64 bits and I noticed I have a problem which I can't find an answer to:
When I want an open program to be placed onto another virtual desktop I simply could right-click the panel-button for that program, choose "Move to desktop" and then the desktop I want it to move to.
At the moment I can still do all that, it just doesn't work anymore. The program remains on the desktop I placed it on when opening it.
It is not something I use every day so I really can't tell when it started to misbehave. In other words I can't say what I did to make it stop working.

Because it is something I do use from time to time (I have six virtual desktops right now) I sure would like it to work again.
Is there a KDE specialist in the house who knows what could cause this? I would be for ever grateful.

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Re: Move open program to different desktop

Postby smitty1 » 30 Jul 2016 20:22

Moving a program to a different desktop is working fine in my SolydK's, both the main version and the EE version. I might be something peculiar to your system. Mine is almost totally vanilla.

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Re: Move open program to different desktop

Postby SolydForEver » 30 Jul 2016 20:28

It used to work and now suddenly I see it doesn't work anymore. Problem is I have no idea when that started so I can't tell what caused it.

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Re: Move open program to different desktop

Postby SolydForEver » 30 Jul 2016 20:44

Believe it or not but I've found it.

In System Settings --> Window Behavior --> Window Rules it is possible to tell programs on which desktop they have to appear.
For each program it is possible to let it start initially on a certain desktop, or force it so it always stays on that desktop. Well, you guessed it by now: I used the Force. (not always a good thing)
I changed it to initial for Chrome which is auto-started at boot and for which I sometimes have more than 1 instance open.
I noticed other programs would just jump to which ever desktop I sent them, except Chrome and I slowly realized I changed a setting for Chrome. Took some time to find that setting but I found it.
Case closed.
Thanks Smitty for trying to help me.

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Re: [SOLVED] Move open program to different desktop

Postby smitty1 » 30 Jul 2016 21:00

Glad you found it, and posted it. I've never changed anything in that part of the settings and now I know not to. :D
thanks

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Re: [SOLVED] Move open program to different desktop

Postby Zill » 30 Jul 2016 22:09

SolydForEver wrote:... When I want an open program to be placed onto another virtual desktop I simply could right-click the panel-button for that program, choose "Move to desktop" and then the desktop I want it to move to.
This must be another example of KDE over-complicating things!
With XFCE you can just drag'n'drop the program on to the desktop of your choice... ;-)

Still, I'm glad you solved it. :-)

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Re: [SOLVED] Move open program to different desktop

Postby SolydForEver » 31 Jul 2016 04:09

Zill wrote:
SolydForEver wrote:... When I want an open program to be placed onto another virtual desktop I simply could right-click the panel-button for that program, choose "Move to desktop" and then the desktop I want it to move to.
This must be another example of KDE over-complicating things!
With XFCE you can just drag'n'drop the program on to the desktop of your choice... ;-)

Still, I'm glad you solved it. :-)
No, I don't agree. It was the combination of 2 things I wanted and where I chose the wrong setting in one of them.
The way you describe it is also possible, I just tried it. I could just move the panel button for the program I want to move and drop it on one of the virtual desktop buttons, making it move to that desktop.
On my laptop I have installed SolydX now, only to see if it faster than the KDE version but until now I am not impressed with the speed. Plus I miss my desktop, my KDE desktop, so I don't think X will be on my laptop for long.

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Re: [SOLVED] Move open program to different desktop

Postby Zill » 31 Jul 2016 10:19

SolydForEver: This thread highlights the complexity of KDE that is both a blessing and a curse! KDE is, without doubt, the most bloated GNU/Linux DE available in that it has the largest file size of any DE and it is also the most demanding of computer resources.

The positive side for this is that KDE has the most eye-candy and it is also the most configurable DE, making it a delight for tweakers.

The negative side is, as this thread shows, it is easy for users to get lost in the maze of tweaks and end up leaving the system behaving in a rather strange and confusing way.

OTOH, other DEs are generally lighter and do not demand as much from the hardware, making the performance snappier. XFCE is one example, but this is far from the lightest DE available. The drawback with lighter DEs is that there is less bling and eye-candy and often the user has to do more "low-level" work to tweak things.

GNU/Linux has plenty of room for all these systems. We each just have to find the right balance of features and functionality for our hardware. Thankfully, there is no "one-size fits all" solution. :-)


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