Customizing the icons on the panel
When you first start KDE, kicker displays some icons next to
menu. These can be used to start the
applications that they represent. To see which application is launched
by each icon, hold the mouse cursor over the icon until a tooltip (a
small popup label) appears telling you the name of the application.
These default icons might not represent the applications you use
most often, so you can remove the ones you do not want and add icons
for other applications that you use. To remove an icon, right mouse button-click on
the icon, and select
in the popup menu that
appears. To add a new icon, right mouse button-click on an empty space on the
panel, and follow the menu entry
. This leads you to a copy of the
menu, where you can find all of the KDE
applications. For example, to add an icon for the JuK music player,
follow through the menus to
. The icon will appear on the
panel in the space that you right-clicked on.
Adding extras and applets
Kicker can add many types of items as well as application
launch icons. You can find these items using the same menu as before,
but this time selecting
The items in the
window are small
programs that can reside on the panel. An example of an applet is the
Desktop Preview & Pager
, which shows a small image of each of your virtual
desktops. (For more information about virtual desktops, see the section called “Using Multiple Desktops”). You can switch to a different
virtual desktop by clicking on its image in the desktop pager.
You can find information about the other applets available for
Kicker in the Kicker manual. Just enter
bar in Konqueror.
The system tray is where programs that are run, but not directly needed are
kept. Some programs (like music players) are shown there, because you
probably want to keep them open, but so that it does not take too much space on
your screen, it will put an icon in the system tray.
When you right click on such an icon, a
popup menu will appear where you can see some options of the program (like
play, pause, stop, ... in a music player).
When you left click on it, the main window
of the program will appear. If you hover your mouse above the icon, a tool
tip will appear with some information (in the music player case information
like the current song). Programs that normally support system tray icons are
music players, IRC clients, organizers, ...
In most of these programs you can configure if you want an icon to be
shown or not. For other tricks and tips with the system tray see the section on the section called “The System Tray”.
You can remove applets and other special items from the panel
using the arrow on its handle on the applet's left. Right click on the
arrow, and choose