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Balance between shine and productivity

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Hello!
For me the default settings, and the oxygen theme engine is a little bit too shiny. Could somebody help me how to make KDE 4.10 more elegant? For example Windows 7 gives me a phenomenal balance between usability and shine, though it looks good, I don't want my desktop to have the same appearance. I have tried several qtcurve and bespin themes, but for they looked like a kind of mixture of shine, elegancy, and old-fashioned (dated) things. And also, bespin didn't gave me a united look across qt and gtk apps, like oxygen or qtcurve did.
I really thank for your help!
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Which part of KDE exactly are you trying to change? The desktop itself or the applications?


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The applications exactly. Or do you mean the desktop for the plasma interface?
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When I am referring to the desktop, I am referring to all parts of the KDE Workspace, which includes KDE Workspace and KWin.
Changing the appearance of KDE applications is more difficult, as it requires writing a Qt Style, which is not a simple task. Apart from Bespin and Qt Curve there are no other freely customisable styles available i'm afraid - but both can be fairly heavily customised.

As for Oxygen - you can change it's appearance in some areas through System Settings > Application Appearance > Style, Have "Oxygen" selected as the "Widget style" - and then selecting "Configure" which should be beside the selection drop down. This should allow you to turn off some of the effects and other parts of Oxygen's functionality.


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