Launching Kate

After installation, Kate can be launched from Ubuntu's Applications menu, in the Accessories group. If you're used to keeping icons in the desktop's top panel, you can place Kate's icon there. Do it this way: pull down the Applications ^ Accessories ^ Kate menu item, but before left-clicking on Kate's item to open it, right-click on the item instead. A context menu will appear, the top item of which is ''Add this launcher to panel.'' Right-click this menu item, and Kate's icon will be placed in the top panel. See Figure 6-1, where I've already placed the icon in the panel so you can see where it appears: just to the right of the Help button.

Figure 6-1: Placing Kate's icon in the panel

If you prefer a desktop icon to a panel icon, the same context menu also presents an item enabling you to place Kate's launcher icon on the desktop. Where you place it is up to you.

One thing I do not recommend is launching Kate from a terminal command line. This will work, but the terminal will then display debugging information on the Kate program itself while Kate runs. Whether this is a bug or a feature depends on who you are, but all the activity in the terminal window is distracting, and irrelevant to the projects that you're working on.

The first time you start Kate, before you see the editor screen itself, you'll see an empty Session Chooser dialog (see Figure 6-2). You haven't created any sessions yet, so none are listed there. You can create a new one once you've digested what sessions are and how they work (more on this shortly), but for the moment, click Default Session to highlight it, and then click Open Session. The main Kate window will appear, overlain by the Tip of the Day window. Some people find ''splash tips'' dialogs like this annoying, but when you're first learning Kate they can be useful. If you don't want to see them, uncheck the Show Tips on Startup check box.

Session Name Open Documents


Default Session 0


Always use this choice

Figure 6-2: The Session Chooser dialog

The default Kate screen layout (see Figure 6-3) is very simple. The editor pane is on the right, and the manager sidebar is on the left. Note that if you don't see the button for Filesystem Browser on the left margin of the manager sidebar, and for the Terminal in the bottom margin, it generally means that you haven't installed the KWrite editor, which installs several plug-ins for Kate's use. These include the Terminal plugin, which is essential for building and running the examples presented in this book. Make sure that KWrite is installed or your Kate install won't be complete!

Figure 6-3: The default Kate screen layout

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