“ksuperkey”- Launch the apps menu using the super key

As a KDE user migrated from M$ Windows, Gnome, and Gnome-based Desktop Environment, I used to use the Super key (The key which Windows logo drawn on) to launch the applications menu. However, in KDE I couldn’t do that! I thought that was impossible, but after seeing some distributions doing that by default like: SphinUX and SolydK, I looked for a way to enable the Super key on KDE!

In this post I’ll apply the steps on Debian and Ubuntu, so, if you were using any other distro, then, you’re in the wrong place.

Open the konsole, and type the following commands:

1- For Ubuntu, paste this repo in your konsole:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mehanik/ksuperkey

and then press [enter] and type your password. Then, update the repos with:

  • sudo apt update

2- For Debian, open NANO text editor (or any editor you like), and type:

  • sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Now, you have two choices on Debian, to use Ubuntu repositories; or to clone the repo from GitHub, and we’ll deal each of them in details…

3- For adding the Ubuntu repositories:

Then, press: [ctrl] + [Y].

4- Or cloning the repo from GitHub:

5- Now, we’ll create a new folder to paste the ksuperkey contain in, then give it the permissions to run on our distro.

  • cd ksuperkey
  • make
  • ./ksuperkey

6- To autostart this script, visit: System Settings > Startup and Shutdown > Autostart > Add Program… > small Browse button > Select the ksuperkey application.

Well done. Now change the launcher keyboard shortcut to [Alt] + [F1]. And I can say CONGRATULATIONS to all of you now 🙂


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