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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. For the default launcher before 5.21 see Legacy Kickoff

Kickoff Application Launcher

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 can see the search field, at the bottom you can see two tabs: Applications and Places as well as power and session options.

The Applications Tab

This tab offers you access to your applications and favorites

The Favorites Section

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

There is a favorites section where you can "pin" your favorite apps. 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 Section

Menu applications.png


This section gives you access to all installed applications, divided into several categories like Office or Internet. There is also an All Applications section. 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.

The Places Tab

This tab offers you access to different places on your computer

The Computer Section

Menu computer.png

In the Computer section 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 History Section

Kickoff History.png

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

Kickoff Frequent.png

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.

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
Program on 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 - 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 Show Alternatives...

Using Show Alternatives... you can switch to any menu you want
For example "Application Dashboard"!

This page was last edited on 7 February 2021, at 19:40. Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.