Adding Programs to the Kicker

The simplest way to add programs to the K Menu is to type kappfinder in an xterm window. The kappfinder program attempts to locate all known user programs installed on your system and add them to appropriate locations on the K Menu. This tool displays a list of found applications with check boxes next to each, so you can tell it which programs to add to the K Menu. To trim the list of programs without performing a new search, rearrange programs on the menu, or add obscure programs, you must edit the Kicker in another way.

KDE provides a program called the K Menu Editor (kmenuedit) to edit items on the K Menu. You can usually access this tool from the K Menu 0 Menu Editor, K Menu O Settings 0 Menu Editor, or a similar menu item. Figure 6.4 shows this tool in operation. The left pane of this window presents an expandable view of the items on the K Menu. Right-click an item to see a list of options, such as deleting or copying the entry. You can also click and drag an item to move it to another area of the menu tree. If an application has moved on disk or you want to change the options with which it's launched, you can do so by filling out the appropriate fields in the right pane of the editor.

Figure 6.4: The K Menu Editor enables you to edit the K Menu entries.

Note Some distributions provide alternative tools for editing the K Menu. For instance, Mandrake ships with a tool called MenuDrake, which works much like the K Menu Editor but provides a few additional options. MenuDrake simultaneously edits the menus for KDE, GNOME, and several window managers.

If you want to add an application to the Kicker, you must first add it to the K Menu. You can then right-click in the Kicker and select Panel Menu O Add O Application Button. This action brings up a duplicate of the K Menu. Select your application from this duplicate, and it will appear somewhere on the Panel. It may not appear exactly where you want it to be, though. If so, right-click the new icon and select Move Appname Button (Appname should be your application's name). The mouse pointer changes to a four-headed arrow; you can then move the icon around until it's positioned where you want it.

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