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!!! Warning! The info contained in this article pertains to older versions of MEPIS !!!
Note: Starting from KDE 4/MEPIS 8.5, the correct term for "kicker" is now Panel)

Kicker is the panel on the bottom (default setting) of KDE desktop. It usually holds these elements:

  • K Menu launcher -- main KDE menu
  • Application launcher -- shortcuts that launch different programs
  • Taskbar -- window selector (you can select the foreground task by clicking on it)
  • Applets -- small applications that run inside the Kicker
  • System Tray -- some applications put an icon in the System Tray which allows you to monitor their behaviour or give you different notifications.
  • Clock applet

All these elements are customizable, and elements can be added, removed, and moved to and from the kicker. The entire Kicker can also be "locked" to prevent accidental changes. (most of the options are available by right-clicking with the mouse on the item)


Editing the Kicker

See Edit Kicker

Restore Kicker defaults

To restore the look and content of the default MEPIS kicker (for example, after you really mess it up):

  • Open up a konsole
  • enter killall kicker (this will make your kicker disappear)
  • enter rm /home/user/.kde/share/config/kickerrc (this deletes the kicker's config file)
  • enter kicker

The kicker should open up back up and the default config file restored.

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