Open the full KDE Control Centre in Kubuntu

Kubuntu (and some other KDE-based distributions) features a special System Settings application which takes the place of the full KDE Control Centre application, which is used for setting all sorts of KDE preferences and changing different settings on the system.

Kubuntu’s System Settings application

However, many people like the older KDE Control Centre layout, especially if you're a longer time KDE user or can't find the option you're looking for in the System Settings applet. Unfortunately, it's nowhere to be seen on the menu.

To launch the original KDE Control Centre, go to your desktop and press Alt-F2. Now type kcontrol and press Enter. You should get the original, unadulterated KDE Control Centre.

KDE Control Centre screenshot

If you want to now make KControl available on the menu, you will have to add it manually using the Menu Editor. Press Alt-F2 again, but this time enter the command kmenuedit to bring up the menu editor.

Right-click a suitable category, I'll pick Utilities, and click New Item.

Add KControl to the K menu

Name it whatever you find suitable, and under the Command box, type kcontrol. You can also click the generic file icon in the top right to set a custom icon for the new entry. Once you're done, hit Save and next time you'll be able to access the 'real' KControl when you need it, or all the time if you prefer, with a lot more ease.

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Discussion: Open the full KDE Control Centre in Kubuntu

  1. schmappel (guest)

    # Posted on 03 March 2008 at 07:18 PM

    I wonder why they switched "Control Centre" for "System Settings" in the first place. It was there when I first started using Kubuntu, but I switched to kcontrol as soon as I found out about it. Personally I think kcontrol is far easier, if only because of the handy dandy search box on top.

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  3. Shaun Marolf (guest)

    # Posted on 04 March 2008 at 08:29 AM

    Johnathon Riddell the Kubuntu Maintainer does not like Kcontrol and despite the fact that SystemSettings is not fully functional pushed for Kcontrol to be replaced. Fortunately Kcontrol's Deprecation in KDE 4 was short lived and its being ported over to KDE 4.

    The problem was one man's opinion literally affected thousands and the backlash was pretty strong. So Kcontrol, though not the default, will see its way into KDE 4.

    System Settings is not a bad idea bad it was badly implementated.

  4. Lindsay (guest)

    # Posted on 04 March 2008 at 08:31 AM

    Hey wait a minute! ... konqueror &gt; View &gt; Show Navigation Panel &gt; Click on the Service menu

    Aren't you always running a "kdesu konqueror"?

  5. # Posted on 12 March 2008 at 09:42 PM

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  6. dr3tri (guest)

    # Posted on 04 June 2009 at 10:35 PM

    I'm very interested of learning linux but also im VERY used to do things fast in windows, using all possible keyboard shortcuts and RUN commands.

    Now what i need is to have "windows keyboard shortcut scheme" so that i dont have to spend all my time in linux wondering how i can open start menu etc.. What is hilarious is that i spent good amount of time searching info what "Start menu" is called in Kubuntu 9.04.. and after that i could search info about how to open it without mouse. :D

    What i have understood is that older KDE had that Win scheme (amongs others) and new KDE 4's doesnt..

    I hope that i am not doomed to use only old versions now..

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