KDE stands for `K Desktop Environment'. It has a very similar `look and feel' to Windows95/98/2000. If you have used Windows, then you should be familiar with how things work in KDE.
A Panel of buttons is a key feature of KDE. It is used to launch applications as well as manipulate virtual desktops, which are useful in organising the way you work. Holding your mouse over any of the buttons in the Panel will launch a small `tooltip' (or `Balloon Help' for MacOS users) if you ever forget what a button's function is.
Other KDE features include window manipulation and finding lost windows in the clutter of the desktop. KDE also comes with a graphical file manager to allow you to navigate your home directory. If you have used the Windows or MacOS file managers, you should be familiar with the operation of the K File Manager.
KDE allows customisation to a certain degree. All of the options available for changing can be accessed through the `KDE Control Center' -- similar to the `Control Panels' from Windows and MacOS.
From the Control Center you can modify things such as
The KDE Control Center is accessed from the Application Starter menu (click on the `K' on the panel), or via the fourth button from the left on the panel, which opens up the control center straight away.
For more complete and up-to-date information on KDE, visit their website. The web site address is http://www.kde.org.Loc Van Huynh 2007-03-15