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[How To] Add a “Places” Menu in KDE

KDE. Some think of it as the desktop environment that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

What I like most about KDE is that there is Plasmoid (a form of widget for KDE) for almost everything – Facebook, clocks, weather, tweeting, start menus, Dash, calculator, system monitors etc… you name it.

One plasmoid I find really useful is the “Places” menu. Now I know what you’re thinking, and yes “places” can be accessed from Kickoff (or Lancelot) or even from Dolphin itself, but I’ve always prefered having a separate plasmoid pinned in my panel “a la Gnome 2″.

Look and feel

The plasmoid itself is pretty staightforward to use and has a nifty little feature to show the space usage of a hard disk when hovered with the mouse:

KDE Places Plasmoid

Installation

If you are using Ubuntu yor any of it’s derivates ou can just add my OMG! Ubuntu! PPA and install the package “usu-places”:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kokoto-java/omgubuntu-stuff && sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install usu-places

You can also install it using KDE’s built-in Plasmoid search tool. Just search for usu-places:
It’s also available to download from here as standalone .plasmoid file:

Download

If you are interested in the source code you can grab it by clicking here.

Once installed you can add it your preferred panel by right-clicking on the desktop, selecting “Add Widgets” and searching for “usu”.