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openSUSE 11.1 KDE Quick Start Guide
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Starting Programs

Start programs from the main menu or from the command line, using the Run Command dialog or a shell. Additionally, you can start programs from the desktop or the panel by left-clicking the respective program icon once.

Using the Main Menu

To open the main menu, click the main menu icon in the panel or press Alt+F1. The main menu consists of the following elements: a search function at the top and several tabs at the bottom, providing quick access to the key functions of the menu. Additionally, the menu displays your login name and the hostname of your computer.

Favorites shows a default selection of key programs for quick access, whereas Applications shows all applications installed on your system. To navigate through the menu structure, click an entry and use the arrow icons at the right or the left to switch back and forth. Computer and Recently Used provide quick access to some frequently used places, applications, or documents. Leave shows several options for leaving the session such as logging out, locking the screen (access can only be regained with a password), shutting down or restarting the computer.

Using the Run Command Dialog

KRunner is a helper application with lets you quickly start programs. Apart from that, it offers a search function for finding applications or locations.

Press Alt+F2 to open the Run Command dialog. Type a command, for example, dolphin, and press Enter or click Launch to start the application. The command to start the application is often (but not always) the application name written in lowercase.

If you want to start an application as a different user (for example, as root), click the wrench icon in the Run Command dialog. Activate Run as Different User, enter the user's password and press Enter.

The Run Command dialog also allows you to use the so-called Web shortcuts defined in Konqueror. With these, you can send search requests directly to a search engine like Google*, without opening the browser and visiting the Web sites before. For more information, refer to Finding Information.

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