If you are familar with KDE you know Konqueror. Konqueror used to be one of the finest file managers on the PC desktop - period. But now KDE has migrated toward a simpler, more user-friendly file manager (Dolphin) and pushed Konqueror to serve as a web-browser only.
That does not mean Konqueror can not be used as a file manager. It can. In fact, Konqueror can do many things. From file management, to secure shell gui, to imap connections, and many more tricks. Konqueror is one of those Swiss Army Knife tools that many people over look. Well, we're not going to overlook this outstanding tool.
In this article I am going to show you a few tips and tricks that you can apply to the Konqueror web browser to make your Konqueror (and KDE) experience even more flexible and powerful than it already is.
KDE Input/Output slaves allows Konqueror to take advantage of external applications making it far more usable. Depending on what kio_slave you want to use the input for Konqueror will be different. Let's take a look at some of the more useful slaves.
If you start an address with fish:// you are telling Konqueror to make use of the ssh protocol. With this you can connect to a remote ssh server and even copy/paste to that server from within Konqueror. To do this you would enter an address like:
Where USERNAME is an actual username on the remote machine and ADDRESS is the actual address of the remote machine. You will be prompted for a password, unless you already have this connection set up for passwordless secure shell connections (see "Five handy secure shell tips and tricks").
If you enter gg: linux in the Konqueror address bar you will get a page with the Google results of the string "linux". Konqueror has a lot of pre-configured quick search shortcuts like this. For example:
You can also create your own by issuing the command kcmshell4 ebrowsing in either the run dialog or a terminal window. In the new window click the New button and then fill out the following information:
So let's say I want to create a short cut for searching amazon.com. To do that I would enter the following information:
So now if I want to do a search for the string "Linux" on amazon.com I would just enter:
In the address bar.
Not only can Konqueror do tabs, it can do split windows. Say you want to do some comparing of windows, or just want to be able to see more than one window at a time. With Konqueror you can split the view either horizontally or vertically by going to the Windows menu and selecting either Horizontal or Vertical and you can have two windows open at once for simple viewing. NOTE: Whichever window has the focus is the window that the address bar will effect. In other words, if you want to change the page on the right pane, click on the right pane and then enter the url in the address bar. If you want to close a pane <Ctrl><Shift>R will close the active window.
Konqueror is a very powerful, flexible tool that can be extended well beyond its intentions. Have you found a cool trick that applies to Konqueror as either a web browser or file manager? If so, share it with your fellow Ghacks readers.
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