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The Plasma Task Manager

Task Manager widget in panel showing three applications.

The Task Manager provides easy access to running applications. It is located in the middle section of the Panel. If the window of an application has been placed behind other windows or if it has been minimized you can bring it up and ready to receive input by clicking its tab in the Task Manager.

The Task Manager widget

The Task Manager is actually a widget, which means that you can place it anywhere. For example, you could add a new panel to (say) the top of the screen and place the Task Manager there or you could place it on the desktop if you wish. You can even have several copies of it in various places.

Whenever you start an application you will see a new tab in the Task Manager showing the icon of the application and the title of the window that was opened.

If you click on the tab corresponding to the active window then that window will be minimized. If there are still windows that have not been minimized then the frontmost of them will become active. If you click on the tab of a minimized window it will be displayed in front of all other windows, and it will become active. If you click on the tab of a window which is displayed behind other windows it will be brought in front of all other windows, and it will become active.

You can also right-click a tab to bring up the context menu. This gives you a number of options. For example, you can set which virtual screens the windows are displayed on, and you can close the window.

Task Manager showing many windows including a group of three Dolphin windows.

If you have many windows opened the tabs may be grouped. In that case you will see a number with a small arrow above in the right hand side of the tab. Clicking on such a tab will bring up a list of tabs for individual windows that you can use just like ordinary Task Manager tabs. Right-clicking a group gives you the option to close all windows in that group.

You can also activate windows by holding Alt down while pressing Tab one or more times. This way you browse through all windows whether displayed or minimized.

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Note
Some applications do not open a GUI when started. Therefore they will not show up in the Task Manager. Instead they have an icon in the System Tray.


Configuration

To access the Task Manager settings menu, right-click on it and click Task Manager Settings. If you have troubles to click on it and not in one of its tasks, you can first click the panel toolbox, so wherever you click on the Task Manager will work.

Configuration dialog for Task Manager.

There you can change its behavior. The following settings are particularly useful:

Grouping and Sorting
Grouping can be by program name, manually, or not at all. (You can also choose to only enable grouping if the taskbar is full.) Similarly, Sorting defaults to Alphabetically, but it can also be By desktop, Manually, or Not Sorted.
Only Show Tasks from the Current Desktop
A checkbox on the Filters section.
Have More than One Row on the Taskbar
If you use many applications at one time you may find it advantageous to set Maximum Rows and then Force Row Settings.
Showing or Hiding Tooltips
A simple checkbox in the Appearance section of the General page.

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