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 Plasma session.
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 can see the search field, at the bottom you can see two tabs:and as well as power and session options.
The Applications Tab
This tab offers you access to your applications and favorites
The Favorites Section
There is a favorites section where you can "pin" your favorite apps. Drag and drop an entry around to sort it your way. Right clicking an entry gives you even more options: you can remove that entry (panel ( ) or the desktop ( ).), copy it to the
The Applications Section
This section gives you access to all installed applications, divided into several categories like or . There is also an section. Hover over a category to see what applications are available in that category. Right clicking on an application entry brings you some options for the entry: , or .
The Places Tab
This tab offers you access to different places on your computer
The Computer Section
In the 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 ( ) or panel ( ).section you will find some links to system applications (like
The History Section
Your recently-used applications and documents are presented in this section. 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 Frequently Used Section
Your frequently-used applications and documents are presented in this section. 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 frequently used history.
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
All program items and categories can be added to desktop and panel, right click and select
Alternative Application Launchers
Besides Kickoff, other application launchers - e.g. KRunner - are available which may fit your needs better. See the page Plasma application launchers for more details.
You can change your launcher by right-clicking on the menu icon and selecting