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I'm looking to remove the "Tool Box" icon in the upper right hand corner of my KDE 4 desktop, but can't find any configuration setting anywhere to do so. I'm new to KDE 4, so it's quite possible I just haven't found that setting yet.

Is there any way to remove that icon from your desktop, or is it just a permanent, unmovable part of KDE?

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

Install Py-Cashew -- it's an additional script that removes the thingy (it can also be downloaded via KDE widget download tool)

There are also Stealth Cashew that let's you configure cashew transparency.

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I installed Py-Cashew yet the cashew/"New Activity" items remains on my desktop. – MountainX Jan 1 '14 at 17:04

You can delete the toolbox cashew widget this way:

  1. Open a terminal and type: 'sudo dolphin'or 'kdesudo dolphin' enter your password

  2. In dolphin, navigate to /usr/share/kde4/services

  3. Search in this folder for plasma-toolbox, there should be 3 files named plasma-toolbox-(*something*).desktop

  4. Make backups of these in another folder and delete the originals

  5. log out and back in

Done, no more cashew :)

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This method did crash the UI, but after restarting all worked fine. I cannot accept that answer to 'how to remove something' is 'install something'. – zmilojko Oct 12 '14 at 7:20
This deserves more votes! The methods in the chosen solution used to work, but do not in 14.04. This answer does, and I have not seen it mentioned anywhere else, and I have been searching for a long time. Thank you!! – The111 Nov 21 '14 at 1:06
This also works for KDE 4 on Fedora 21 – Trismegistos Jan 3 '15 at 16:30

I found another alternative, in case anyone's interested: the "Stealth Cashew" widget also lets you hide the cashew. It requires the 'plasma-scriptengine-ruby' package to work, though.

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1) With the current Plasma design it is intended that the Toolbox is not easily removable because Plasma has a high configurability and the user always should have the possibility to get things back.

2) Still, the non-removable toolbox is a splinter in many user's eyes. So there is an ongoing discussion of how to let the user easily remove the toolbox while making sure there is always a way to "repair" a ill-configured desktop:

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