Is it possible to organize order of icons or lock them in KDE system tray? It's very confusing with a lot of shuffled application icons.

Edit: Does anybody know where are system tray configuration files?

  • you can't lock them, but you can choose what is and isn't displayed. Commented Mar 26, 2011 at 11:38
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    Thanks @xenoterracide! I want something like MS Windows 7. In windows or (more or less) in Gnome, I can specify the location of each icon.
    – cartoonist
    Commented Mar 27, 2011 at 13:21
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    might want to bug plasma people. only settings I know available are in the system tray settings which is available by right clicking it (esp the area where you have hidden icons). I don't know what Windows 7 or Gnome does, I don't use either. Commented Mar 27, 2011 at 13:51

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The KDE system tray configuration files can be found at ~/.kde4/share/config/plasma-desktop-appletsrc.

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    Thanks. Could you expand a bit on that answer? In particular, since that was the original purpose of the question: what to put/change in this file to reorganize icons? Commented Jun 6, 2011 at 22:58
  • In the current KDE5 the file is ~/.config/plasma-org.kde.plasma.desktop-appletsrc Commented Nov 3, 2022 at 17:07

Maybe I'm missing something obvious, but ....

On my kde (4.4.5 - kubuntu lucid) panel, I click on the cashew at the end. When I do, it brings up a menu for customizing the panel. While that menu is open, I can use the mouse to drag and drop any of my application icons to a new location on the panel.

Does this do what you want?

There does seem to be a limitation based on the size of the icons themselves. The small ones are all clustered together in a quick launch area, but can be moved among themselves.

In the menu, there's a lock icons button, but I don't know what it does.

  • Not sure about the asker, but it answered my question about how to rearrange the icons on the system tray--and, I think many other questions, since I wasn't really conscious of the 'cashew' being part of the interface.
    – Iain
    Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 15:35
  • In the quick launch area, I set it to use 2 lines and that was what made the icons there small (which was what I wanted.)
    – Joe
    Commented Dec 15, 2012 at 6:10

I personally recommend making a nice backup of the "plasma-desktop-appletsrc" file in case maybe by inserting some buggy widget something should go wrong.

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