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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You can delete the toolbox cashew widget this way:

  1. Open a terminal and type: sudo -H 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 :)

  • 1
    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, 2014 at 7:20
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    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, 2014 at 1:06
  • This also works for KDE 4 on Fedora 21 Jan 3, 2015 at 16:30

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, 2014 at 17:04

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.


Just remove "/usr/share/kde4/services/plasma-toolbox-desktoptoolbox"

  1. Open terminal
  2. Type: sudo rm /usr/share/kde4/services/plasma-toolbox-desktoptoolbox
  3. Type your password (characters won't apper)
  4. Relogin

Done. Checked. Worked.


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: https://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=285&t=125076

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