You can start programs either from the main menu or from the command
line, using the dialog or a shell.
Additionally, you can start programs from the desktop or the panel by
left-clicking the respective program icon once.
HINT: Selecting and Starting Objects
Clicking an object once in openSUSE usually starts an action
directly: a program starts, a preview of the file is displayed, or the
folder is opened. To former users of Windows, this behavior may be
rather unusual. If you just want to select one or several objects
without any other action, press Ctrl then click
the object. Alternatively, alter your mouse settings in the KDE Personal
Settings as described in Adjusting the Mouse Settings.
2.1.2 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. Refer to Section 2.1.3, Searching for Programs for
Press Alt+F2 to open the dialog. Type a
command, for example, dolphin, and press
or click 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
dialog. Activate , enter the
user's password and press Enter.
The 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 Section 19.5.2,
Using Web Shortcuts, (↑ Application Guide ).
Click the wrench symbol to explore the full range of KRunner's
abilities: For example, if the plug-in is
activated, just enter the name of one of your contacts and then press
Enter to open KMail and to start typing your mail.
If the respective plug-in is activated, you can also use KRunner as
calculator or to convert units.
2.1.3 Searching for Programs
Both the main menu and the dialog offer a
search function that lets you quickly start programs even if you do not
know the exact application name or command yet. To search for an
application, start typing a command or part of the application name in
the main menu field of the menu or the input
field in the dialog. Each character you
enter narrows down the search.
From the list below the input field, choose the application or object
matching your query.