Ideas to makes KDE plasma better and efficient

Hello to all,

I want to say that KDE is an awesome linux DE :
But i found some limitation and I try to address it in that topic for people who care.

I was a Gnome user before installing KDE so it might please more for people coming from Gnome but also anyone else.

So here it is a summary :
0) -I don’t know why there is 2 app for system monitoring (ksysguard and system monitor)
-Add ctrl+alt+T for Konsole by default we need to enable it when first boot

  1. drag and drop icon for apps
  2. Android like/gnome like panel for wifi etc with themed color to toggle (when possible) a square, pill etc…
  3. Maybe fusion wifi (for wifi 2,4 and 5GHz and put a priority we can pick) + WPS pairing for wifi code
  4. better allscreen-menu alternatives
  5. add gestures to touchpad
  6. add full throttle/performance/battery/optimized option
    7)Better notes for knotes
  7. KDE layout
  8. add support for fingerprint reader (sorry if it is just mine undetected, pls forget this line)
  9. add image preview in KDE clipboard (already done) and image copy/paste (but it might be too heavy?)

Here is my inxi if I’m not up-to-date

Host: swift1-L Kernel: 6.2.16-1-MANJARO arch: x86_64 bits: 64
Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.27.4 Distro: Manjaro Linux
Type: Laptop System: Acer product: Swift SF114-32 v: V1.15
Mobo: GLK model: Sapporo_GL_S v: V1.15 serial:
UEFI: Insyde v: 1.15 date: 11/03/2020
ID-1: BAT0 charge: 32.8 Wh (76.1%) condition: 43.1/54.2 Wh (79.6%)
volts: 11.7 min: 11.6
Info: quad core Intel Pentium Silver N5000 [MCP] speed (MHz): avg: 784
min/max: 800/2700
Device-1: Intel GeminiLake [UHD Graphics 605] driver: i915 v: kernel
Device-2: Sunplus Innovation HD User Facing driver: uvcvideo type: USB
Display: wayland server: v: with: Xwayland v: 23.1.1
compositor: kwin_wayland driver: X: loaded: modesetting dri: iris gpu: i915
resolution: 1920x1080
API: OpenGL v: 4.6 Mesa 23.0.3 renderer: Mesa Intel UHD Graphics 605 (GLK
Device-1: Intel Gemini Lake PCH CNVi WiFi driver: iwlwifi
Local Storage: total: 524 GiB used: 95.53 GiB (18.2%)
Processes: 208 Uptime: 1h 43m Memory: available: 3.64 GiB
used: 2.96 GiB (81.4%) Shell: Zsh inxi: 3.3.27

  1. Drag and drop icon on the panel (it’s default kde panel with some little tweak from myself)


Drag icon in the panel to pin an icon and drag out the panel to unpin an icon.
2) Android like wifi icons for togglable button maybe with some notifications and a show more button, also maybe some multiple multimedia app to start and stop (music, vidéo, radio)


A little square or pills or rectangle or round button to toggle wifi or every option that can be toggled, like that we could put everything in the ^ button, and what can’t be toggled is a shortcut to the option (it i already the case or whatever is best). The goal is to have more place for shorcut, and I find these icons inelegant for premium DE like KDE.
For example (I’m not such it is a good idea but I leave it there) you can put a Mic icon with a separate bar next to the icon and use the two finger scroll mecanism to slide the sound bar. If duplicate Mic put a little name we can change. Same for sound source.

Except I would personally add usb-drive as icon in the panel to quick access it and quick unmount.
3) see resume
4)Better all-screen menu alternative.

4.1) let the bottom panel (in my case) + the all screen menu
The bottom preexisting panel (or where people want it) act as fav-icons, so it’s up when clicking menu.
4.2) for people who use frequently (recent file and recent contact maybe browser favorite or plus for whatever people want) and apps
We could do Three tab (like in a browser) and start on apps.
In the apps tab it is apps with only icons, in alphabetical order without letter and icons are next to each other in row and column (like gnome or android). You can make app folder. We just use the two finger scroll/or mouse wheel to indefinitely scroll it. Right click on icons. If is too long we use the search entry (also pls remove “research here” but just add a case with a flickering I, because it’ slow the search. Just meta and typing what we want.
Fav on the left bar is removed, all the menu writing on the right is removed.

4.3) In the middle top we have virtual desktop (number open with a big+) like this


It’s a KDE view (virtual desktop on top and all app like ctrl+F10) that I found with 4 finger pinch in with gestures (apk) I can’t find it and I don’t know the name.
We can displace app by dragging from one virtual desktop to another, it is also possible on the kde bottom panel. It would be nice to add “icon drag into virtual desktop = launch the app” in the all-screen menu too or bottom menu.

4.4)Delete reboot shutdown buttom. Just add a power button on the top right : anyway when we click it ask for the option (hibernate reboot shutdown like normal kde).
4.5) What I imagine in a bad draw lol

5) Use touché and touchegg and gesture or what please the kde team to
makes touchpad gestures.
5.1) Please do a whatever you please default for KDE and add these customisable options for gnome people like
three finger drag up to show this (it’s already in kde)
second time Three finger drag up to show the all-screen-menu.

Three finger drag left-right-down to change desktop
two finger pinch in to zoom (ctrl + -)
two finger pinch out (ctrl+ =)
two finger drag left or right (left or right image for example)
two finger drag rotating left or right ( rotate image clockwise or counterclockwise)
I don’t know with 4 fingers maybe 4 finger drag up see desktop lol
6) Battery management add a few click on battery (battery, optimize, performance, full throttle)
7) better notes for Knotes
here it is knotes vs sticky notes.
The sticky notes is non-native so it is always open like an app in the kde panel, it’s annoying.
But Knotes does have difference between top of the notes and bottom, the colours are a bit too flashy and not pastelish (maybe it’s just me). There is no way of dragging the notes with left-click mouse. It would be nice to add a little Anchor button that we can left-click to drag the notes wherever it needs to be.
The X button is invisible for some reason. There is no option case to check or bigger letter, or highlighting.
8)KDE layout,
It would be nice to add preset for most popular DE to please most people (the idea is to have a quick preset to have kde ready for most people in seconds) For example :
8.1) preset Unity/Ubuntu Gnome layout
8.2) preset Gnome/MacOS/Windows11 layout
8.3)KDE layout
8.4) Distro specific layout

I hope I don’t bother you with my long post, if you have better ideas please not hesitate to add yours.

  • add gestures to touchpad

There are already 3 and 4 finger gestures

  • add full throttle/performance/battery/optimized option

This already exists but there are only 3 options, Performance/Full Throttle are really the same thing.

  • add support for fingerprint reader (sorry if it is just mine undetected, pls forget this line)

This is already in place, it however depends highly on your hardware and if has support in fprintd I believe. Mine isn’t supported sadly yet either.

  • add image preview in KDE clipboard (already done) and image copy/paste (but it might be too heavy?)

You can already copy/paste images from one app to another.


There isn’t two apps for system monitoring, ksysguard is unmaintained and should stop being shipped in distributions (by default). Also enabling konsole by default is a user preference, you can set this up yourself inside of the Shortcuts KCM I’m pretty sure :smiley:

What do you mean by this?

We have no plans to implement something like this, but I’ve seen people develop plasmoids that look like this and they should be in Get New Stuff.

We don’t handle Wi-Fi, this is something that needs to be handled by NetworkManager and your network drivers :slight_smile:

This is also something you can find under Get New Stuff, I’m guessing the built-in Application Dashboard doesn’t fit

This has already been a thing for a few releases? You posted you’re using 5.27, so you might want to file a bug to your distribution if it doesn’t work out of the box.


You can definitely copy and paste images, if this doesn’t work please file a bug against the application.


I think @ shunjoss means drag App Icons from the Menu or from the desktop, and drop them into the Task Manager.

But that functionality already exists.


Thanks for all the answers, I’m sorry I could not explain myself as good as I wanted because of the image limit to 1. I found out I could do a montage.

The option drag out to suppress an icon just does over things.
So thanks to your comments I found some extension, and it is a little better. The KDE desktop is a little rude, we can see that it is a lot of software that kind of works together it lacks some coherence in my opinion. And with some tips from here, it’s kind of fast and modular but a bit long to set up for a new commer.

I also found that I can prioritize my desired internet connection.

For gestures, It works there is no clue that it’s there in the option of touchpad gesture for more than 2 fingers yet. So, I thought it was unsupported.

Image copy/paste bugs when you recall a copy that is not the latest.

What I meant by KDE layout it was to create a one-click preprared option to mimic KDE/unity-Gnome/windows 10/or windows 11-MacOs for the panel like that it please the clicking-habits of 99% of people with a KDE set-up in seconds.

Also, there is no shortcut for Overview (first image out 4). The low battery signal (bip) is at 5% which is a bit too low for critical : I would personally recommend 30% low and 10% critical low battery, I’ve done it to my device. Well the 3 option for battery is not there yet in my distro

It’s sad that fingerprint reader don’t play well with linux

I’ve seen that we can add short cut to type 2 time like meta for overview and 2nd meta for menu.
I can’t help to like the simplicity of gnome and the functionality of KDE.

I’m curious what distro do you use to be that much ahead or well implemented kde, i thought that manjaro is quite a good distro in that regard.
Also is it hard to make a new add-on?

I’m using Manjaro KDE Stable. It has been exceptionally stable (no pun intended) on all the laptops I’ve installed it on.

Personally I thought it was easier, and with more default functionality, than any GNOME (or GNOME based) desktop I’ve used, up until late last year that was LM Cinnamon.


Thanks, I’m on Manjaro Stable KDE :slight_smile:
LM Cinnamon is really good too.

Preview all open tabs in any browser à la Edge on Windows.

Another improvement could be to delay the display of the application preview when the mouse pointer is moved over the thumbnail preview. When the mouse pointer stops on the thumbnail preview (approx. after 300 ms), display the application preview.

The reason for this is that otherwise the entire screen flashes up if you do not click on the icon in the menu bar immediately, but wait until the thumbnail preview is displayed and then hover over it with the mouse pointer somewhere on the screen.

This happens to me often and I find it rather annoying.

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Uhm I think this post is kinda messy and should not be the root of a comment tree here.

Images can be copied? Click on the damn clipboard icon and maybe you can preview them there, maybe not, doesnt matter.

Plasma 6 will have very nice graphical layout presets.

I agree a performant fullscreen kickoff would be nice, but this is really more community work and can then be implemented officially if there is a maintainer.

I dont know what gestures you talk about, on KDE there is only the one with 4 (!) fingers and no KCM to modify or add them.

Check if your laptop is suppored by libfprint, if yes plasma works nicely.