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Setup KDE Part1

kde01.jpg The first time I installed  Linux on a computer, I didn't have a clue what to do next.  It is like a new job or a new town.  Where to start?  Not to worry, I am going to take time to show you around a little.  Allow the computer to reboot (or turn it on if it is off).  It is a good idea to change the BOOT ORDER in the BIOS to make the hard drive first in order.  Now is a good time to do that.
After that you should see a blue box on a black screen. Hit the TAB bar to turn off the timer so you can look at your options. 
kde02.jpg The top line is the default and will boot to Linux.  The next line is for trouble- shooting and boots to the root user.  If you kept a "Windoz" OS, it should be under "Other operating systems:". 
Take note of the instructions under the blue box. You have a limited amount of time to make a selection.  If you do nothing, when the timer runs down the computer will boot to Linux.  If you press the 'e' key, you can edit the blue box and change the default OS, or rename the selections to something more meaningful to you.
kde03.jpg If everything goes as expected, you should see the "Welcome to debian" log-in screen.  Notice the bottom left of the screen.  These menus give you options you may want to use later. 
Now, enter the user name and password you created during the install and hit 'enter'.
kde04.jpg This wizard helps you with the look and feel of your computer under Linux. 
kde05.jpg You can set it to act like the "Windoz" computer you are used to or you can try another style.
kde06.jpg Even in Linux, window decorations use up resources.  If you have a newer computer, that won't be an issue.  If you have a old, slow computer, move the selector all the way to the left. 
kde07.jpg Next, you have some more styles to choose from.  You can easily customize your settings later to have it just like you want.
kde08.jpg Finished?
kde09.jpg After completing the wizard, your new desktop should load.  If you don't want the "tips" to pop up, uncheck the box at the bottom left and close the window.
kde10.jpg My 17" monitor and video card can support a 1280X1024 resolution, but I want to get screen shots so I am going to set the resolution to 1024X768.  Here is how:
kde11.jpg Click the blue "K" at the bottom left to open the 'main menu'.  Scroll up to "System", then over and down to "KRandRtray".  This will put an icon on the bottom right of your screen that will allow you to change resolutions.
kde12.jpg Open the main menu again and scroll up to "Control Center".  From here you can customize your new computer just the way you want.  For example, my "Windoz" computer turns the "Num Lock" on for me.
kde13.jpg To have Linux do the same thing, click the "+" next to "Peripherals" to expand the menu, then select "Keyboard".  You can choose to have the "Numlock" turned on.
Notice the little boxes in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen?  Each box represents a separate "desktop". You can open a different program in each "desktop" and have many desktops.
kde14.jpg Select the "+" next to "Desktop" to expand the menu and select "Multiple Desktops" to customize.  Click one of the empty desktop boxes in the bottom bar. 
There are two "Settings" menus, one under the "Action" bar and the other above the "Action" bar.
kde15.jpg Scroll up to the one above the "Action" bar, then over and down to "Menu Updating Tool".  This app will scan the computer for programs not on the menu and allow you to add the program and icon to the menu. 
kde16.jpg Right above the "Menu Updating Tool" is the "Menu Editor".  At the top of this menu, notice "Debian" is a plain blue file folder.  Let's change that and learn how to customize menu settings to suit us. 
kde17.jpg First, click on the "Debian" folder.  The menu settings for "Debian" appear on the right.  You can use this utility to find programs and icons and add them to your menu. 
Click on the blue folder at the far right so we can change the icon.
kde18.jpg If you scroll down the window of icons, you can see what is available.  Click the "Other icons" button and there is the the Debian icon I was looking for.  Select it to change the blue folder to the Debian icon.
kde19.jpg Now go back to the "Control Center" (or reopen it if you closed it) and look under "Desktop" again for "Panels."  You can increase or decrease the size of the desktop icons here.
kde20.jpg Select the "Menu" tab and select the "Name only" button.  Then increase the number of "entries" from 5 to 9.  This adds room on the main menu for the apps you use most often.

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