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I just switched from Kubuntu 11.10 to 12.04 and noticed that the application launcher is not behaving exactly the same.

In 11.10 I open the launcher with a keybinding, write the first letters of something that I want to run, and then use the arrow keys to choose from the list of applications the system found.

In 12.04 the arrow keys do not seem to work. If I write a few letters so that I get a list of choices pressing the arrow keys does absolutely nothing. I noticed that I can get to the list by pressing ESC, but this seems pretty unnecessary compared to how it used to work.

Does anyone know how to enable the arrow keys directly in the application launcher?

The specific launcher is the default launcher when installing Kubuntu Desktop 11.10 and 12.04. The name is Kickoff and it is a plasma launcher.

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Do you mean...?

Do you mean the KDE's Krunner ?

KDE Plasma launchers:

The Krunner:

The user interface: Command oriented

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The up/down arrows should pick the choices.

The user interface: Task oriented

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The left/right arrows will should pick the choices.

At here this seems to work with the Kubuntu 12.04.1 / KDE SC 4.8.4.

If you mean the Krunner - then maybe...

You could try to reset the Krunner settings to the default.

1) Stop the Krunner ( konsole/terminal ) :

kquitapp krunner

2) Rename/remove the Krunner config file: ~/.kde/share/config/krunnerrc

3) Restart the Krunner ( konsole/terminal ) :


4) Test

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It seems that what I mean is a Plasma launcher, Kickoff to be specific. It is the default when installing Kubuntu Desktop in 11.10 and 12.04. – Leo Sep 14 '12 at 10:45

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