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Widgets can be clocks, dashboards, application launchers, calculators, clipboard managers, calendars, dictionary tools, system information, input method selectors, notifications, weather reports, and more.
You can add multiple widgets to a desktop and organize or resize them to fit your needs.
KDE Plasma comes with a number of built-in widgets and even allows you to download more or contribute your own widgets.
The first step is to log in to your KDE Plasma desktop.
2. Open the widget panel
Right-click any blank spot on the desktop and click Add Widgets.
3. Locate the widget you want to add
From the widget sidebar, locate a widget you want to add to the desktop and click it. The widget will be added to the desktop and you can either add more or close the sidebar.
How to edit a widget
When you add a widget to the desktop, it will be randomly placed and ready to use. You might, however, want to edit it. If the widget includes an edit option (not all of them do), you will be able to rotate, resize, and configure the widget.
To enter Edit Mode, right-click the widget, and then select Enter Edit Mode.
Once in Edit Mode, hover your cursor over the widget to see the grab handles that allow resizing. You can also click either the rotate button (which is at the top of the vertical bar) or the configure button (which is below the rotate button). Each widget will have different configuration options available.
When you're done editing the widget, click the X in the bar at the top of the display.
How to download new widgets
If you don't find a widget that you like from the default listings, open the widget sidebar, click Get New Widgets in the top right corner, and then click Download New Plasma Widgets. In the resulting window, locate a widget you want, click it, hover your cursor over the listing, and click Install. Once the widget has been installed, it'll be available to add to your desktop from the widget sidebar.
And that's all there is to adding widgets to the KDE Plasma desktop. These handy little applications add functionality to your desktop you wouldn't otherwise have. You might find some of these widgets an indispensable addition, whereas others might simply add a bit of fun.