System Settings/Startup and Shutdown

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Settings affecting startup and shutdown of your workspace


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This article describes how to use the program systemsettings to configure KDE's startup. To follow this chapter, run systemsettings and choose Startup and Shutdown > Autostart.

Here you can configure which applications or scripts should be executed as soon as you log into Plasma Desktop Workspace. You might want to add here applications which are always working, like KAlarm or KTorrent.

Clicking Add Program... opens the usual application picker dialog from which you can select an application. A desktop file for the application will be created in the autostart folder. When you have selected an application a Properties dialog will open. Just click OK and you are done. You can modify the properties of the application later: select the application in the list and click Properties to bring up the dialog again.

You can temporarily suspend automatic start up of an application by deselecting the check box in the Status column. You can also specify that the application should only start when you log in to a KDE session. To do that, select the application, click Advanced and mark the check box.

Clicking the Add Script... you will be asked for the path to a script; write the path in the text box or click the button to get a file picker dialog. If you deselect the Create as symlink option the script file will be copied to the autostart folder; otherwise a link will be created. You can use the Properties and Advanced buttons in the same way as for applications.

With scripts you have one further option: in the Run On column you will find a dropdown list with three options: Startup, Shutdown and Pre-KDE Startup, which determine when the script is run - at startup (after the desktop is started), when you log out, or during start up of the desktop, respectively. Note, that to use either of the last two options, the script must have the .sh extension.

Service Manager

Session Management

Settings affecting session restore&co

Session Management allows you to choose how KDE should look when you log in:

  • Restore previous session
  • Restore manually saved session
  • Start with an empty session


To manually save a session, you must first select the Restore manually saved session option and Apply. Then, when you use the KDE Menu -> Leave you will find that you have a new option - Save Session.

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