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KRandRTray: Quick Access to Desktop Configuration

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By Scott M. Morris

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Posted: 21 Sep 2005

Applies to:

  • Platforms using KDE

It's nice to be able to do things efficiently. The great thing about Linux is its way of allowing you to customize everything to how you work. This gives you the ability to be more productive, and more comfortable in a platform suited to what you like. One of the nice things about KDE is the nearly overwhelming amounts of preferences that you can set, or ways that you can customize your desktop. For those who need quick access to monitor and resolution settings, we'll take a look at KRandRTray. On most KDE systems, this should be installed by default.

This is a little application that runs from your system tray that gives you the ability to change resolutions quickly. It also gives you the ability to configure your display.

So, let's fire it up. Go to the K Menu, then click on SYSTEM, then DESKTOP APPLET, and finally KRANDRTRAY. It may also be called "Screen Resize and Rotate.":

It should now be running in your system tray. Find this icon and click on it:

When you click the KRandRTray icon (mine is different here - look for the icon shown above), you will see a list of resolutions. You can apply any of these resolutions immediately by just clicking on the one you want:

Immediately, your screen changes resolution and asks you if you want to keep it. If you do, click on the ACCEPT CONFIGURATION button. If you are unable to view your screen or it is in any way unacceptable, just wait 15 seconds. The application will restore the resolution back to its original setting:

Again, click on the KRandRTray icon. Select CONFIGURE DISPLAY from the menu. You will see another window with more ways that you can adjust your display's settings:

KRandRTray is great for when you need to adjust your resolution or display properties. It's a nice example of the many different configurations and customizations that Linux gives you.

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