I usually use kate as my preferred text editor, however, whenever I open it there are no window borders, and thus no maximize, minimize, and close buttons. How can I fix this?

I tried going thought the view menu, but was unable to find any settings to alter this.

Moreover, it seems to be stuck in "always on top mode" and thus I cannot view my panel to use right click to close or modify it.

Pressing F11 produces no change.

There is a scroll bar, but it doesn't appear to be controlled by the window manager (kwin) as it is much wider than normal and has a mini preview of the entire document as its background. I'd prefer not to override this feature if possible.

I have an almost default install of Linux Mint KDE 16 x64.

Related: How do I exit full screen after enabling via the right click context menu of kwin (KDE)?

  • A temporal workaround: Alt+RightClick inside the window; that should give you a list of commands (Min/Max/Always on top...)
    – aularon
    Feb 17, 2014 at 14:04
  • @aularon it does not :(
    – virtualxtc
    Feb 17, 2014 at 14:05
  • If your installation is new, is it the same for your ~/.kde folder ? I kept the same one from KDE 4.0 to KDE 4.11, and I solved MANY problems by finally erasing it.
    – kursus
    Feb 17, 2014 at 14:40
  • @kursus I'm not sure I understand what you are asking; I didn't migrate an old ~./kde I think I actually changed a setting in kate to make it go full screen, but then never figured out how to undo it.
    – virtualxtc
    Feb 17, 2014 at 14:43
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    Ok that was pretty much my question. Be aware that the fullscreen shortcut in Kate is ctrl+maj+F and not F11 like many other KDE apps.
    – kursus
    Feb 17, 2014 at 15:05

2 Answers 2


This will happen if you:

  • right click on the kate window border or it's entry in the task manager bar
  • select 'more actions' -> 'Full screen'


  • press ctrl-shift-F

I originally solved this by:

  • removing katerc from ~/.kde/share/config

This is best undone by:

  • pressing ctrl-shift-F

I had the same issue with gwenview. After entering-exiting fullscreen mode all window features (minimize, maximize,resize,exit e.t.c) disappeared. The solution was to remove ~/.config/org.kde.gwenviewrc. Search for kate related files in ~/.config. find ~/.config -name "*kate*" ~/.config/katerc ~/.config/katevirc ~/.config/katepartrc Cleaning resource files may help: mv ~/.config/katerc ~/.config/katerc.bak

  • I wonder what feature/bug causes this obnoxious behaviour.
    – ajeh
    Jul 8, 2018 at 21:16

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