However, this post isn’t about Userbase – I hope I’ll find some time to summarize the plans for the wiki here in a few days. Today I want to share another tip that I’ve found and need to remember to add to Userbase: Borderless Maximized Windows.
This option is very useful for devices with small screens, such as netbooks, to give slightly more space to your applications. If enabled, the window border will hide automatically when you maximize a window (and vice versa when unmaximized).
If I remember correctly, this feature was introduced in KDE Software Compilation 4.5 for the Plasma Netbook workspace, where it’s enabled by default. Here’s a short screencast demonstration (what, not an animated GIF!?):
Note that I used double click to maximize the windows. This is configurable in System Settings → Window Behavior → Window Behavior → Titlebar Actions.
Previously I used some window-specific settings to get a similar setup, but it only did it according to some pre-defined rules – the borders weren’t automatically hidden/shown when a window was maximized/restored.
So how do I enable this in Plasma Desktop?
- Use you favorite text editor to edit the file
In some distributions the
.kde4directory is called
.kde(or something else like
- Add the line
under the section
It should look something like this:
- Launch KRunner (Alt+F2) and run the command
to restart KWin
- Go crazy and maximize every window in sight! Remember that you can unmaximize them from the window menu (Alt+F3) or from the task manager in your panel. If quick tiling is enabled (System Settings → Desktop → Screen Edges → Window Management), you can also use Alt+Left mouse button to unmaximize windows by dragging them