How to install AppMenu-QML on Fedora 16 KDE

There are several menu styles available for users of the K Desktop Environment. Virtually all, should be familiar with the Classic menu, the Kickoff menu, and Lancelot. I have recently published several articles on the Takeoff Launcher, and there is, of course, Mandriva’s ROSA Launcher (view some screen shots here).

Today, I bring another menu style to your attention. It is called AppMenu-QML. It is closer in style to Lancelot than to the others, and was coded and currently maintained by Glad Deschrijver. Like every application, it has a few shortcomings, but is quite usable. Installing it is very simple, and the steps involved are the same regardless of the distribution you are using. For this tutorial, Fedora 16 KDE, the KDE Spin of the latest stable version of Feodra, was used.

To install it, click anywhere on the panel, and select Panel Options > Add Widgets. When the widgets panel opens, click on Get New Widgets > Download New Plasma Widgets. On the window that opens, type “appmenu” in the search box. The only result returned should be Appmenu-QML. Click Install button.
Download AppMenu-QML

After installation, click on Panel Options > Add Widgets again. Then type “qml” into the search field. The AppMenu-QML icon should appear. To add it to the panel, double-click it.
Add Appmenu-QML to KDE Panel

The icon should appear on the far right of the panel. clicking on it should open the menu. This screen shot shows the default view. the Favorites column is empty.
Appmenu-QML Default View

And this is the applications view
Appmenu-QML Applications View

Searching for applications.
Appmenu-QML Search View

Like all the menus, AppMenu-QML is customizable. To open the settings window, right-click on the icon (of AppMenu-QML) and select Application Launcher (QML) Settings. The main settings page is shown here. From there, you can customize the dimensions and change the icon.
Appmenu-QML Settings

Here is the customized view. The main problem I had with this menu style is that I could not figure out how to add applications to the Favorites column.
Appmenu-QML Custom View

Related Posts

Dual-boot Windows 7 and Antergos on a PC with 2 HDDs and UEFI firmware This post shows how to dual-boot Windows 7 and Antergos 2014.05.26 on a computer with two hard disk drives (HDD) and UEFI firmware. The test computer ...
Use K3b and Audacity to convert an 8-CD audiobook to an Ogg file This tutorial presents a step-by-step guide on how I used K3b and Audacity to convert an eight (8) CD audiobook to a single Ogg file. As a bonus, the ...
Chronicles of SELinux: Dealing with web content in unusual directories For of you that run a server powered by Fedora or another distribution that's based on it, here's a very good SELinux tutorial from Major Hayden, a Ra...
Still in search of that perfect desktop distribution The quest for perfection is an endless one. Like the quest for freedom (material or spiritual), there is always one more step. It is just the nature o...
How to access Microsoft Windows files and folders from Linux Dual-booting (a special case of multi-booting, running more than one operating system on the same computer) makes it possible to run Windows and Linux...
Install Cinnamon 1.6 in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Alternate titles: How to install Cinnamon desktop in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin; how to install Cinnamon desktop 1.6 in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Cinnam...

We Recommend These Vendors

Launch an SSD VPS in Europe, USA, Asia & Australia on Vultr's KVM-based Cloud platform starting at $5:00/month (15 GB SSD, 768 MB of RAM).

Deploy an SSD Cloud server in 55 seconds on DigitalOcean. Built for developers and starting at $5:00/month (20 GB SSD, 512 MB of RAM).


4 Comments

  1. Michael O.

    Does anyone know how to add applications to the Favorites column?
    Thanks in advance,
    Michael

    • Nope. I tried, but I could not.

      If you want a better menu for Fedora, you might want to try Takeoff Launcher. Much cooler and user-friendlier then anything out there. Read about it here.

    • Browse to the application you want to add and then hover your mouse over it. On it’s right a little heart will appear that you can click.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*