Thursday 17 September 2020

Configuring LXQt

LXQt is a very functional and light environment which offers a lot of potential for configuration. You can make it more spartan and clean, or flashier or more functional.

The installation is very quick and the configuration very easy, once you find where to find all the settings.

In this video I will show you all the places you can go to configure LXQt and really make it your own. 


Configuring LXQt

The main places to configure your enironment are the LXQt Configuration Center and the Panel

LXQt Configuration Center:

Menu > Preferences > LXQt Settings > LXQt Configuration Center

Session Settings

  • Enable Compton  (If you want transparency)
  • Stop qlipper and xscreenSaver from autostarting  
  • Add meteo-qt to the autostart list  
  • Add two extra Environment Variables for dark theme  
  •     QT_PLATFORM_PLUGIN = qt5ct  
  •     QT_QPA_PLATFRMTHEME = qt5ct


  • Set wallpaper as slideshow  
  • Remove visible shortcuts

LXQt Appearance

  • Qt Style gtk2  
  • GTK Themes - Mint-Y-Dark  
  • Icon theme - Mint-Y-Dark  
  • LXQt theme - Ambience

Windows effects

  • Default opacity of inactive windows 0.90  
  • No opacity for title bars and borders



Panel settings:

Right click on an empty area of the panel and select "Configure Panel"

  • Move panel to the right  
  • Icon theme to Mint-Y-Dark  
  • Remove keyboard state indicator  
  • Move show desktop down  
  • Remove the quick launch  
  • Remove the leave button and the corresponding quick launch  
  • Configure desktop switcher to have two rows and move it down  
  • Lower the opacity of the background


  • Set "clear search upon showing menu"

Task manager

Right click on an empty area of the Task manager and select "Configure Task Manager"

  • Icons only  
  • Use icons by window class

Add new panel at the bottom

  • Increase the size of the icons and the panel  
  • Align to the centre 
  • set to Auto-hide  
  • Don't reserve space on display  
  • Lower the opacity of the background  
  • Add a quick launcher with the applications I use the most  
  • Set the proper length to centre the icons

And that was it.

I hope this quick walk through of a sample configuration will give you some ideas for your own desktop.

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