I need a stable KEYBOARD centric interface![ KDE4 KRunner???]

Joe(theWordy)Philbrook jtwdyp at ttlc.net
Sat Dec 20 08:23:55 UTC 2008

I'm a long time kde user. But I think perhaps the things I liked about
it differed from the things the kde developers liked about it...

I've had very little exposure to kde4  I did do a test install of
intrepid alpha 6 from which I would have run away (screaming) except that
I was so lost I had to crawl away (whimpering)

I recently tripped over this link:


I think it goes a long way to explaining why, or at least what, is
changing in kde...

It does lead me to some specific questions however.

This time I'd like to ask about this short quote from it...

->  What is KRunner?
-> KRunner is the versatile mini-command line you can activate by pushing
-> "Alt-F2" or by selecting "Run Command" from the desktop contextual menu.
-> It can search for applications, bookmarks, even sessions basing on your
-> input, show system activity and even do simple arithmetic calculations.
-> KRunner's functionality can be extended through the use of plugins
-> ("runners").

I'm sure this is thought of as an improvement over the OLD "Alt-F2
Run Command" But I don't exactly think in pictures. and "Alt-F2" wanted
me to select from a bunch of icons... Which to me are not only mostly
meaningless, but my mind tries to process something like the proverbial
thousand words for each of them, which makes it hard to remember what to
type... I Like accessing the command history via the up/down arrows. And
seeing a list of selectable command text (including command arguments)
when I start typing the command name. If for example I type a "k"
I get a list that includes entries for konsole, krusader, and kwrite.
The latter includes some absolute pathnames that I'd rather select than

Is it possible to get KRunner to discontinue using icons and to use the
same kind of text based command history display that I just described?

Is there a how-to somewhere?

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