Chapter 2. Interface


rekonq main toolbar

rekonq main toolbar


By default, the rekonq window uses only one toolbar. This main toolbar consists of four navigation buttons (Back, Forward, Reload/Stop), the URL bar and a menu button Tools. This minimalist approach to the main toolbar marks the most significant user-interface departure from the traditional multi-toolbar paradigm followed by most other browsers like Konqueror.

Further, the main toolbar offers only limited customization –. This helps keep the rekonq UI simple and puts the focus on the web page on display.


rekonq URL bar

rekonq URL bar


rekonq introduces a vastly improved URL bar that offers access to search engines from the drop down completion list itself. The completion list is also populated by matching items from your history and bookmarks.


rekonq new tab page

rekonq new tab page


When started, rekonq displays the New Tab page, much of which is taken by a set of preview thumbnails of favorite web pages. These thumbnails offer a speedy way for the user to access their most frequently used web pages. There is also a pane at the top of this page allows the user to switch to previews of recently closed tabs and lists of bookmarked web pages, download and browsing histories.

To get back to the New Tab page, open a new tab or click the Close Tab icon if only one tab is opened.


rekonq hidden UI elements

rekonq hidden UI elements


Further configuration options activate several other UI elements hidden by default. These include a toolbar for bookmarks, a panel (a panel, being a mini-window that can be resized, detached or re-docked in the main window) each for bookmarks and history and a web inspector panel (handy for web development).