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In KDE, one can create new Activities, which are a sort of different types of Desktops (sets of workspaces) with specific characteristics:

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To specify each activity there are various options.

Clicking the last option of the menu that opens when right-clicking the desktop, one can switch between different 'Layouts':

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There a 6 different layouts - each representing a very different type of desktop:

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Changing the layout in this way is possible for the Activities that are already in place.

But when you create new activities, there is a different set of options available, called 'Templates'.

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One of these is called 'Search and launch': it allows to search (for an application etc) just by starting to type (typing opens the search window) without any other preliminary action like clicking the menu launcher button or using a shortcut to show the search window.

Can this feature be enabled within the main desktop (the default one)?

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  • The "Search and launch" template coincides with the "Default desktop" layout. So, just change the layout of your main desktop (which means the layout of the entire Activity) to "Default desktop" (the fifth entry in the list of layouts) in order to enable the "just-type-to-search" feature inside that activity.
  • There is no "default" or main Activity per se. Also, any Activity can be deleted, including the default one, from within a different Activity. If you have enabled the 'Search and launch' template in a new Activity, nothing stops that from becoming the main one.

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