Contrary to the belief of many, a noob/n00b and a newbie/newb are not the same thing. Newbs are those who are new to some task* and are very beginner at it, possibly a little overconfident about it, but they are willing to learn and fix their errors to move out of that stage. n00bs, on the other hand, know little and have no will to learn any more. They expect people to do the work for them and then expect to get praised about it, and make up a unique species of their own.

As stated in an earlier post, I have moved to KDE Plasma DE, and it will take some time to learn all it’s workings; however, since I have a pretty good working knowledge of it right now, it now seems that a lot of the new discoveries are more about ‘Tweaking‘.

As I learn new ‘Thangs about the KDE Plasma DE, I will update the “Main ‘Newb TidBits‘ section” of the KDE Plasma – ‘Newb TidBits page. This post will be Part 3b in the series, since it involves Panel Icons_AND_Task Manager Icons (something new I found), and I am already planning on a Part 4 post on another discovered ‘TidBit‘ when this post is finished.

Panel Icons_AND_Task Manager Icons

10/13/2022 NOTE & Update: Was still learning the processes of KDE Plasma when this Post was done, so some info is different now. For example, when adding an application to the Panel I have now found that “Pin to Task Manager” option works better than the “Add to Panel (Widget)” option.

I test ‘n retest a lot of Linux OSes, and not all of them setup their KDE Plasma versions the same. AlmaLinux 8.5 has the same mixture of Panel Icons ‘n Task Manager Icons, but I was able to move them where I wanted, and in that easy process I missed the differences between the Panel ‘n the Task Manager areas on the ‘Whatever‘ various Linux OSes call it…seems it is “Panel” in most DE’s.

  • Windows keeps it simple by just calling it a Taskbar.
  • Linux likes *EVERYTHING*Fragmented.”

The Plasma Task Manager:

  • Task Manager widget in panel showing three applications.
  • The Task Manager provides easy access to running applications. It is located in the middle section of the Panel.

OK…KDE is sorta calling that area the “Panel,” and the Task Manager is located in the “middle section.”

Here’s a KaOS Panel:

On many of the KDE Plasma Linux OSes, a user can’t get icons arranged the way they want, because they can’t get past those icons in the “middle section,” which I call center area in that pic (and other pics below). In the KaOS case, it was the Dolphin File Manager ‘n the Falcon web browser.

I was able to move all the icons wherever I wanted in AlmaLinux, but not in KaOS (and others).

Here is what I discovered about moving icons in the Task Manager area:

You have to “Unpin” them from the Task Manager.


Add them back “to Panel (Widget)” if you want.

Here’s the Dolphin File Manager ‘n Falcon browser added back “to Panel (Widget)” & then I can easily arrange all the icons on the Panel the way I want:

Nothing in the Task Manager’s center area now, and the Panel is the way I want. Easier in other Linux DE’s, but other Linux DE’s are not as customizable as KDE Plasma is.


Glad I found out how to use Panel_AND_Task Manager to further customize the Panel Icons! In Linux, I like to have the web browser first wid setting in the second spot, and then GParted followed by Gnome Disks; however, some Linux DE’s don’t offer Gnome Disks…bummer! 😒

  • NOTE: Posts 3a ‘n 3b (this post) are now basically a ‘Pair‘ wid 3b being a sorta update to 3a. Heck, before I am done there may be Parts 3c ‘n 3d ‘n etc. Hey, I’m just a Linux ‘Newb‘!!! 😉

Will add this post to the KDE Plasma – ‘Newb TidBits page.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!