Chapter 7. The Sidebar

Pamela Roberts

The Sidebar appears as a separate view at the left of Konqueror's window. It can be invoked with Settings Show Sidebar or toggled on and off with the F9 key.

With the Sidebar

It contains a number of tabbed pages; left click on a tab's icon to view that page. Left clicking on the icon for the visible page will collapse the Sidebar so that only the tab icons are visible.


This page shows a tree view of your Bookmarks. Left click on an item to open it in the main view.


This page shows a tree view of your browsing History. Left clicking on an item will open it in the main view, or you can open it in a new Konqueror window by right clicking and selecting Open in New Window from the pop up menu.

You can remove an item from the history by right clicking on it and selecting Remove Entry. Selecting Clear History will clear out the entire history.

The pop up menu you get when you right click on any entry in the History page also gives you the option of choosing whether the entire history is sorted by name or by date.

Selecting Preferences... from this pop up menu brings up the History Sidebar control module. This can be used to set the maximum size of your history and set a time after which items are automatically removed. You can also set different fonts for new and old URLs. The Detailed tooltips checkbox controls how much information is displayed when you hover the mouse pointer over an item in the history page.

Home Folder

This page shows a tree view of the subfolders of your home folder. Note that hidden folders (those with names beginning with a dot) are not shown. Left click on an item to open it in the main view, or right click to display a pop up menu allowing you to open the subfolder in a new window or as a new tab page of the main view.


This page is intended to show a tree view of your important network connections, although local folders can also be included. Again, you can left click on an item to open it in the main view or right click to bring up a menu with a wider range of possibilities.

The folders shown in the Network page are held in the folder ~/.kde/share/apps/konqsidebartng/virtual_folders/remote/, and you can make new ones just as you would make any other subfolder. The items within these folders are held as .desktop files and can be created with Konqueror's Create NewLink to Location (URL)... option in the Edit menu.

Root Folder

The Root Folder tree has the path /, and is the base folder of your system's local files. If you expand the Root folder you will find another folder called root. This belongs to the system administrator or Super User and is her home folder. You will also find a folder called home, in which you should be able to find your own Home folder again.


This page provides quick access to the following services:

Applications, Audio CD Browser, Fonts and Video DVD Browser.


The Places panel is located at the left of the window by default. The Places panel shows any locations you have bookmarked. It also shows any disk or media attached to the computer.

The easiest way to add a folder to the Places panel is to drag it and drop it in the panel. Moreover, you can click inside the panel with the right mouse button and choose Add Entry... from the context menu.

The Sidebar configuration can be changed by right clicking on the empty area below the bottom tab icon or by left clicking on the Configuration Button icon, which is enabled in the context menu. Doing this brings up a menu with the following options:

Add New

This option lets you add a new tab page to the Sidebar. The new page can contain different Sidebar modules or a new Folder tree view. The last option in this submenu allows you to rollback to system default.

Multiple Views

Selecting this option splits the Sidebar so that two tab pages can be seen at once.

Show Tabs Left, Show Tabs Right

This option lets you choose whether the tab icons are shown at the left or right of the Sidebar.

Show Configuration Button

Use this option to show or hide the Configuration Button icon.

Right clicking on a tab icon brings up a menu with the following options:

Set Name

This option lets you change the Name of that page.


This option lets you change the URL (path) of the folder viewed in that page.

Set Icon

To change the tab icon.


To remove the tab page from the Sidebar.

Configure Sidebar

The last item shows the Sidebar configuration submenu as described above.