KDE offers a varying number of ways to launch programs. You may:
Simply select the relevant item in the
Run the program from Konsole, or by clicking the
menu and choosing
(while you still might prefer the quick keyboard shortcut, which is simply
Create a shortcut on the desktop or use Kicker's quick launcher.
menu functions much like the Start menu of Windows�, however
it breaks programs up by what they do. Programs on the
menu are broken
into category menus, such as
. Under these category menus there are
subcategory menus, such as
the subcategory menus lie program launchers, which, when clicked on, launch
the associated application.
Depending on the program, there may not be a launcher in the
To search your hard drive for more applications, click the
, and the hard drive will be
searched for programs. Click the checkbox next to each program to be added
menu, and click
menu now will have new program
launchers under the relevant category menus.
Launchers to programs may also be placed on the desktop. To create a
new launcher, right click on the desktop, and
. On the KDesktop properties dialog
box, type in the name of the program on the
tab. You may also wish to choose a custom icon by clicking on the gear icon.
tab and type a short sentence
about the program in the
textbox. In the
textbox, type the name of the program (case
sensitive), and any command line options you wish to use. Choose
, and your new program launcher will be created on
your desktop. Simply click on the new launcher on the desktop and the
associated program will run.
To launch a program using Konsole, click the
menu and choose
. Once Konsole
appears on the screen, simply type the name of the program you wish to
launch (remembering that bash, the command language interpreter that Konsole uses by default, is case-sensitive) and press
. If you are unsure about the name of a program, type
the first few letters then press the
key on your keyboard. By pressing
, bash (through Konsole) will try to guess the name of the program you wish to
launch. If it finds more then one matching program, a list of
matching programs will be printed on the screen. Type the name of the
program from the list and press
Whichever way you choose, launching a program is a simple affair with
KDE. From the
menu, to Konsole, all your programs are just a few
clicks or key-presses away.
Check the Kicker handbook for more information on enabling or disabling the
menu, adding applications to the quick launch, or on organizing the categorization of the applications in the
menu. You can view the Kicker handbook either via the KHelpCenter or by using Konqueror's KIOslave by typing
in the Location toolbar.