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Kickoff Application Launcher

Kickoff is the default application launcher of the Plasma desktop. In the default configuration it resides at the very left of the bottom panel. Besides its main purpose (providing access to your applications) it gives you access to some places on your computer, your recently used documents and options to end your KDE session.

Kickoff can be switched to function like more traditional menu-based application launchers by right-clicking on the menu icon and selecting Switch to Classic Menu Style. Of course, if you do that you miss the benefit of Kickoff's search box.

Kickoff Menu Style(default)
Switch to...
Classic Menu Style

Opening Kickoff

To open Kickoff, simply click its icon which is usually located furthest to the left in panel at the bottom of your Plasma Workspace. At the top of Kickoff you see the search field, at the bottom you see five tabs: Favorites, Applications, Computer, Recently Used and Leave. In between, the content of the selected tab is shown. You can scroll the content if some of it is hidden. You can also resize Kickoff: grab the top right corner of Kickoff with the mouse pointer (it turns to a pair of arrows directed diagonally) and drag Kickoff to the desired size.

The Favorites Tab

Add to Favorites Tab
Delete this favorite
Drag to sort favorites via mouse


This tab offers you access to some of the most used applications. Of course you can adjust this selection to your needs. Drag an entry around and drop it at another place in the list to sort it your way. Right clicking an entry gives you even more options: you can remove that entry (Remove From Favorites), copy it to the panel (Add to Panel) or the desktop Add to Desktop or sort all entries alphabeticallySort Alphabetically (A to Z).

The Applications Tab

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This tab gives you access to all installed applications, divided into several categories like Office or Internet. Click on a category to see what applications are available in that category. To return to the overview, use the breadcrumbs on the top of the application list. Right clicking on an application entry brings you some options for the entry: Add to Favorites, Add to Panel or Add to Desktop.

From KDE 4.11, a new menu called 'Recently Installed' can be used to find newly installed applications easily. If it is not enabled, right click on the launcher icon, choose Application Launcher Settings, and enable Show 'Recently Installed' checkbox. The newly installed applications will be seen in that entry for three days.

The Computer Tab

Menu computer.png


On the Computer tab you will find some links to system applications (like System Settings), your favorite places (configured via Dolphin), and available storage media. Again, right-clicking those entries will bring you some options to add them to the desktop (Add to Desktop) or panel (Add to Panel).

The Recently Used Tab

Your recently-used applications and documents are presented on this tab. Note that only applications launched via Kickoff are taken into account for this list. A right-click on an entry brings you the usual context menu with copy options and additional options to clear the recently used history.


The Leave Tab

Menu leave.png

This tab gives you several options to leave your KDE session or shutdown your computer.


Search Field

Search name
Search description

Instead of browsing through all the tabs and categories you can simply enter a search term. The search field has focus when opening the menu, so you can simply start typing. The search will not only match against applications names, but also against their description. So if you need a browser, but don't know the name of the installed browsers, simply type "browser" in the search field. This should result in a list of all available browsers.


Add to Desktop and Panel

Program on desktop and panel
Category on desktop and panel


All program items and categories can be added to desktop and panel, right click and select Add to ...

Alternative Application Launchers

Besides Kickoff, other application launchers are available which may fit your needs better. See the page Plasma application launchers for more details.


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