My problem is that in the Global Keyboard Shortcuts appear two application launcher widgets and the "wrong one" is set back to ALT+F1 after each reboot.

Global Keyboard Shortcuts' image on my computer

I exported the scheme and I identified the widgets id:

activate widget 101=none
activate widget 2=Alt+F1

The wrong one is the number 2 when I changed 101 to this:

activate widget 101=Alt+F1
activate widget 2=none

Everything works, but I have to do that after every single reboot.

How I can leave only the working widget and delete the wrong widget?

Thanks in advance

3 Answers 3


I am on OpenSUSE 42.3 but found the following: I had to edit ~/.config/plasma-org.kde.plasma.desktop-appletsrc in addition to ~/.config/kglobalshortcutsrc. You will look for the widget number you want to delete (Widget 56 in my case), and then delete the referenced to that number (picture attached). In my case, I had to delete the entire [containments] section that the launcher was in ([Containments][21] in the picture), due to a panel that disappeared during a driver upgrade.

Screenshot of Application Launcher section

After that, I deleted the reference to the shortcut in ~/.config/kglobalshortcutsrc, then logged out. When I logged back in, I was able to set the shortcut as I wanted.

  • I'm using KDE neon 5.11, I did everything as instructed, same file locations and application launcher is now working, this answer took months of frustration away, thank you very much!
    – cumanacr
    Oct 15, 2017 at 4:02
  • This is still an issue it seems. Even on Ubuntu 19.04 after two years. Did some report this as a bug? Aug 9, 2019 at 12:33
  • Seems like the issue found it's way into Ubuntu 20.04. My solution was to remove all shortcut sections containing Alt+F1 from ~/.config/plasma-org.kde.plasma.desktop-appletsrc. I didn't edit ~/.config/kglobalshortcutsrc. After login out and back in, i could set the shortcut without any problem.
    – andred
    Sep 19, 2020 at 13:48

You may modify the shortcut key directly in ~/.config/kglobalshortcutsrc configuration file:

$ cat ~/.config/kglobalshortcutsrc | grep 'Activate Application Launcher Widget$'
activate widget 101=none,none,Activate Application Launcher Widget
activate widget 2=Alt+F1,none,Activate Application Launcher Widget

After modifying you should have something like this:

$ cat ~/.config/kglobalshortcutsrc | grep 'Activate Application Launcher Widget$'
activate widget 101=Alt+F1,none,Activate Application Launcher Widget
activate widget 2=none,none,Activate Application Launcher Widget

Then re-login.

  • 1
    I did it, but, after the reboot, it return to the previous values: $ cat ~/.config/kglobalshortcutsrc | grep 'Activate Application Launcher Widget$' activate widget 101=,none,Activate Application Launcher Widget activate widget 2=Alt+F1,none,Activate Application Launcher Widget
    – cumanacr
    Mar 15, 2017 at 18:11
  • 1
    Maybe change configuration file when not using KDE? So that it does not overwrite settings e.g. during logout etc.
    – Te Ri
    Aug 27, 2017 at 20:02

Right-click on the Start button, select "Configure Application Launcher...", Keyboard Shortcuts, assign it to Alt+F1.

Application Launcher Settings - Plasma Keyboard Shortcuts

Editing .config/kglobalshortcutsrc manually no longer works because there can be multiple application launcher widgets, one for each display (even if no longer connected), assigned randomly.

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