Making KDE's Konqueror Obey You
Customizations GaloreI am a proud KDE-lover, and I think Konqueror is the best file manager there is. It's a pretty good Web browser too, though it tends to gag on certain script-heavy, poorly-scripted sites. But that seems a rational response--spit 'em out and move on.
Making Konqueror's Default View What You WantGetting back to Konqueror the file manager. As wonderful as it is, a common complaint is setting the default view to anything other than Icon View. Sure, you can change it with the little drop-down menu, you can save your carefully-customize File Management profile a hundred times, but it will always revert to Icon View. Fortunately there is a fix for this, though a convoluted and obscure one. Go into Settings --> Configure Konqueror, and then scroll down and click on "File Associations". Click on "inode" (now that's intuitive!), and then click on "directory". Click on the "Embedding" tab, and under "Services Preference Order" move whatever view you like to the top. I like Detailed List View; you may choose whichever one you prefer. Save your changes and you should be all set.
PCLinuxOS requires a different fix, which you can find at Make Konqueror use your default view mode in new tabs, plus there are other helpful comments. Hurrah for helpful bloggers!
How to Open KDE the File Manager or KDE the Web BrowserYour favorite Linux distribution may not include menu icons for both of these, and a lot of new KDE users get frustrated because they only have a launcher for one or the other. However, you're not stuck because there are many different ways to get there. First take notice of Settings --> Load View Profile. By default there should be File Management and Web Browsing, so you can open either one after Konqueror is open.
$ konqueror --profiles
How do I know all this? From reading man konqueror. You won't see split because that is a custom profile that I created.
Now you know which command to use to create a menu icon. Open the KDE menu editor by right-clicking on the blue K, or run kmenuedit from a command line. Click New Item. You need only three things: a name that you make up, the correct command, and a nice icon which you can find by clicking on the icon box. Figure 1 shows you what it looks like.