On Ubuntu 14.04 (Unity) I wanted to change some KDE appearance settings, so I installed systemsettings. This turned out to be a bad idea, since it made the fonts in KDE applications ugly (see How to fix choppy fonts after using KDE System Settings?; unfortunately the solution there didn't work for me). I tried deleting KDE configuration files but this just made it worse, resetting the theme as well to the blue KDE default.

My question is, how do I reset KDE appearance settings to look like they're supposed to on Ubuntu? I guess Ubuntu ships its own configuration files, and if so, where do I get them?


Most settings are stored in the ~/.kde/share/config/ directory. Try moving it somewhere and restarting your session.

  • Thanks. This didn't actually work; I had already tried it. For some reason, however, deleting the new ~/.kde/ folder that had been generated and then moving the old one back into place fixed the problem. Maybe I needed to keep this one in place and just move the various other KDE configuration files I moved.
    – Hypercube
    May 20 '14 at 6:34

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