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Tips and Tricks

Keyboard shortcuts


To see the complete list of keyboard shortcuts available on your system, open the System Settings screen, then go to Workspace > Shortcuts.

The following table shows some of the keyboard shortcuts available in Solus Plasma.

Keyboard shortcutAction
Alt + F2Opens KRunner
Alt + SpaceOpens KRunner
Alt + F4Closes the active window on the desktop
Alt + TabOpens application switcher, switch to the next application on the list
Shift + Alt + TabOpens application switcher, switch to previous application on the list
SuperOpens the application menu
Super + LLocks the screen
Super + DShows the desktop
PrintOpens the screenshot utility (Spectacle)
Super + PrintCaptures the active window
Super + Shift + PrintCaptures a rectangular region of the screen

Using KRunner

KRunner is a system-wide desktop search and launcher app available on Solus Plasma. KRunner allows you to perform a variety of actions such as launching apps, executing commands, search files and open open system settings.

Open KRunner by pressing Alt + F2 or Alt + Space.

KRunner interface

The following table outlines the actions you can perform using KRunner.

Open an applicationEnter the name of the application, then select the application from the list.
Run a commandEnter the command you want to run and press Enter.
See the man pages of a commandAdd # before a command name and press enter (Example, #wget).
Terminate a programEnter kill [application name] and press Enter (Example: kill firefox)
Do math operationsEnter = followed by the calculation you want to perform (Examples: =2*2, =5!, =sin(20)).
Unit conversionsEnter [measurement] to [destination unit] (Examples: 200 mi to km).
Currency conversionsEnter [amount] to [destination currency]. You can use the ISO code or the name of the currencies to do the conversion (Examples: 200 CAD to NOK, 50 koruna to yen).
Check the time of other countries or time zonesEnter time [country] or time [time zone] (Examples: time finland, time gmt-1).
Open files and foldersEnter the name of a file or folder, then select an entry from the list.
Switch between windowsEnter the name of an open window and select an entry from the Windows list.


Dolphin is the file manager included by default in Solus Plasma. Dolphin has multiple features, including tabs, split views, integrated terminal, and support for various file formats and protocols.

The following table describes some of the keyboard shortcuts you can use in Dolphin.

Create a new folderPress F10 to create a new folder.
Enabling dual-pane modePress F3 to enable dual-pane mode.
Open multiple tabsPress Ctrl + T to open multiple Dolphin tabs.
Open a terminal window in the current locationPress Alt + Shift + F4 to open a terminal window in the location you have open.
Show/hide hidden filesPress Ctrl + H to show/hide hidden files.
Show/hide the side panelPress F9 to show/hide the Places side panel.
Switch between the view modesPress Ctrl + 1 to display icons in icons view, press Ctrl + 2 to display icons in compact view, or press Ctrl + 3 to display icons in details view;

Context menu

The Plasma desktop provides a variety of context menus. Context menus display options, settings, and actions applicable to the current context or element you select.

The following table describes some of the context menus available in Plasma.

Context menuDescription
Bottom panel settingsRight-click on an empty space of the bottom panel to open the bottom panel context menu.
Widget settingsRight-click on any widget in the bottom panel to open the widget context menu.
Desktop settingsRight-click anywhere on the desktop to open the desktop context menu.
FileRight-click a file to open the file context menu.