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<p><h2 class="title"><a name="panel"></a>Chapter 5. The panel</h2>
<p class="qandaset"><dl><dt>5.1. <a href="panel.php#idm140487998474896">How do I add applications to the TDE panel (Kicker)?</a></dt><dt>5.2. <a href="panel.php#idm140487998427712">How do I change the menu T button of
the panel to another picture?</a></dt><dt>5.3. <a href="panel.php#idm140487998424784">After updating TDE, my TDE menu appears to be empty! How can I get my menu back?
</a></dt><dt>5.4. <a href="panel.php#idm140487998418640">My desktop panel has disappeared. How can I get it
back?</a></dt><dt>5.5. <a href="panel.php#idm140487998408432">How can I start an application minimized to the system
tray?</a></dt><dt>5.6. <a href="panel.php#idm140487998400736">How do I use the Windows key to open the TDE menu?</a></dt></dl><table border="0" summary="Q and A Set"><col align="left" width="1%"><tbody><tr class="question"><td align="left" valign="top"><a name="idm140487998474896"></a><a name="idm140487998474576"></a><b>5.1.</b></td><td align="left" valign="top"><p>How do I add applications to the TDE panel (Kicker)?</p></td></tr><tr class="answer"><td align="left" valign="top"><b></b></td><td align="left" valign="top"><p>There are several ways to add an application to the panel.
The easiest is to right-click on the panel, and from the context
menu that appears, select Add Application to
Panel.</p><p>For more ways of adding buttons to the panel, refer to the
Kicker Handbook.</p></td></tr><tr class="question"><td align="left" valign="top"><a name="idm140487998427712"></a><a name="idm140487998427456"></a><b>5.2.</b></td><td align="left" valign="top"><p>How do I change the menu T button of
the panel to another picture?</p></td></tr><tr class="answer"><td align="left" valign="top"><b></b></td><td align="left" valign="top"><p>The simplest way is to right-click on the panel, from the context menu
select Configure Panel, from the icon list on the left side,
select Menus, then inside the TDE Menu grouping, select the TDE Menu button icon.
</p></td></tr><tr class="question"><td align="left" valign="top"><a name="idm140487998424784"></a><a name="idm140487998424528"></a><b>5.3.</b></td><td align="left" valign="top"><p>After updating TDE, my TDE menu appears to be empty! How can I get my menu back?
</p></td></tr><tr class="answer"><td align="left" valign="top"><b></b></td><td align="left" valign="top"><p>
User modifications to the TDE menu are stored in
<code class="filename">$<code class="envar">HOME</code>/.config/menus/</code>.
Try moving this file out of the way and then issuing the
command <strong class="userinput"><code><strong class="command">tdebuildsycoca</strong>
<code class="option">--noincremental</code></code></strong>. This should restore you to the
default system menus. If that is the case you'll have to recreate your customized menu.
</p></td></tr><tr class="question"><td align="left" valign="top"><a name="idm140487998418640"></a><a name="idm140487998417888"></a><b>5.4.</b></td><td align="left" valign="top"><p>My desktop panel has disappeared. How can I get it
back?</p></td></tr><tr class="answer"><td align="left" valign="top"><b></b></td><td align="left" valign="top"><p>The panel disappearing is usually due to a crash. This might be
caused by loading an applet that has a fatal bug or a bad installation
of TDE and/or the panel.</p><p>The easiest way to get the panel back is to launch the
Run Command window by pressing <strong class="keycap">Alt</strong>+<strong class="keycap">F2</strong> and entering
<strong class="userinput"><code><strong class="command">kicker</strong></code></strong>, and then pressing the
OK button.</p><p>If the panel continues to disappear, you may wish to either
remove or edit by hand your
<code class="filename">$<code class="envar">TDEHOME</code>/share/config/kickerrc</code>
file, where <code class="filename">$<code class="envar">TDEHOME</code></code> is usually
<code class="filename">~/.trinity</code>. If you choose to edit
by hand, start by removing the applet entry groups.</p></td></tr><tr class="question"><td align="left" valign="top"><a name="idm140487998408432"></a><a name="idm140487998407600"></a><b>5.5.</b></td><td align="left" valign="top"><p>How can I start an application minimized to the system
tray?</p></td></tr><tr class="answer"><td align="left" valign="top"><b></b></td><td align="left" valign="top"><p>Use <strong class="command">ksystraycmd</strong>. For example, to start a Konsole hidden
in the system tray, run <strong class="userinput"><code><strong class="command">ksystraycmd </strong>
<code class="option">--hidden</code> <strong class="command">konsole</strong></code></strong>. For
more information about <strong class="command">ksystraycmd</strong>, see the section
Advanced Window Management in the TDE
User Guide.</p></td></tr><tr class="question"><td align="left" valign="top"><a name="idm140487998400736"></a><a name="idm140487998400416"></a><b>5.6.</b></td><td align="left" valign="top"><p>How do I use the Windows key to open the TDE menu?</p></td></tr><tr class="answer"><td align="left" valign="top"><b></b></td><td align="left" valign="top"><p>Previous versions of TDE provided a trick to allow you to
use the Windows key both as a modifier (so you could have shortcuts
like Win+<strong class="keycap">R</strong>), and as a regular key (so that pressing
Win on its own could open the TDE menu). This feature
was removed for reasons of usability and accessibility, as well as
keeping the code clean. For current versions of TDE, you have two
options: either use a different shortcut to open the TDE menu (the
default is <strong class="keycap">Alt</strong>+<strong class="keycap">F1</strong>), or remap the Win key to be a regular
key, rather than a modifier.</p><p>If you choose to do the second, here's one way:
<p class="orderedlist"><ol type="1"><li><p>Find the keycode for your Win key
using <strong class="command">xev</strong>: Run the command
<strong class="userinput"><code><strong class="command">xev</strong></code></strong> in a Konsole, and
press the Win key. Look in the output of
<strong class="command">xev</strong> for
<code class="computeroutput">keycode <em class="replaceable"><code>n</code></em></code>,
where <em class="replaceable"><code>n</code></em> is the keycode of the
Win key.</p></li><li><p>Use <strong class="command">xmodmap</strong> to remap the
Win key. An appropriate command is <strong class="userinput"><code><strong class="command">xmodmap
<code class="option">-e</code> 'keycode
<em class="replaceable"><code>n</code></em>=Menu'</strong></code></strong>.</p></li><li><p>In the KDE Control Center, go to
Regional &amp;
Accessibility-&gt;Keyboard Shortcuts and set the shortcut for Popup Launch
Menu to the Win key. You should now be
able to popup the TDE menu by pressing the Win key.</p></li><li><p>One more step is required to save the changes across
settings: Create a file <code class="filename">~/.trinity/env/</code>
(create the directory if it doesn't exist), and add the
<strong class="command">xmodmap</strong> command you used previously to it. The
change should now be applied every time you start TDE.</p></li></ol>
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