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Wednesday, August 27th 2003, 1:58pm

Keyboard shortcut to hide panels?

I have been looking for a keyboard shortcut to hide the KDE panel(s), but without luck. It is not listed in the keyboard shortcut options of the kde control center. Any idea how to do this? (I don't want automatic hiding)

Thanks, Simon


Thursday, August 28th 2003, 9:29am

You can try using dcop and khotkeys to assign keys to certain actions.
start kdcop to see if kicker has a dcop-option for hiding the panel..

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Thursday, August 28th 2003, 10:11pm

Unfortunenately, I don't know how to do that. Otherwise I could do away with those hide panel buttons.
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Saturday, March 25th 2006, 3:58pm

alt+f2 kdcop
but i did not find any call to hide the panel, yet, something can call it back automaticaly in case you choose auto hide, its not just the pressing of a button
this is a feature I want too


Tuesday, April 18th 2006, 11:12am

I have been looking for a way to do this too. So far I have:

Inside your home directory is a file ./kde/share/config/kickerrc that stores preferences for the kicker. The menu [MainPanel] has one entry (kde3.5.1)
UserHidden = false
Changing that to true and restarting kicker using 'dcop kicker kicker restart' restarts the kicker minimised. Tonight though I'm going to try to script it using

kwriteconfig --file kickerrc --group MainPanel --key UserHidden --type bool true
dcop kicker kicker configure

Other usefull Kde commands are kstart, kreadconfig, kconf_update (?), kdialog, kfmclient, kioexec, kde-config. See…gkde/index.html

Hope this helps someone

This post has been edited 2 times, last edit by "rob42" (Apr 18th 2006, 11:15am)


Wednesday, April 19th 2006, 9:48am

ok, I tried my script but it didn't quite work. final script is

kwriteconfig --file kickerrc --group MainPanel --key UserHidden --type bool true
dcop kicker kicker restart

I also found mention that the command:
dcop kicker qt/panel hide
worked but it didn't for me (kde3.5.1).


Monday, July 9th 2012, 8:16am

why not xdotool

- the hammer for every screw! It might be a really ugly, quick and quirky solution with xdotool, but at least it gets you to the point:

xdotool mousemove 1680 1050 click 1

Put this into a file, make it executable, and assign it to a key, now you can toggle the kicker with that key.
Of course, adjust the numbers to your screen resolution.



Monday, July 9th 2012, 9:14am

A little improvement:

xdotool mousemove 1680 1050 click 1 mousemove restore