Chapter 5.3 Runner

Runner allows you to search for and launch applications and commands in the LXQt environment. It is a quick and convenient way of finding what you’re looking for.

Usage

To search for a program, press Alt + F2 and start typing a command. The search results will show below, similar to address bar behavior in browsers. All installed applications can be launched this way and Runner can be configured to store a history of recent programs. If you want to clear history open the downward pointing menu Clear History. The runner even lets you logout, shutdown, or other ways to leave your session through the runner. Also keep in mind you do not have to search for the start of an application like inputting shot will show results for screenshot. To paste a command to run into the runner press Control +V or right click on the runner and select Paste.

Runner can also work as a calculator if you put for example 2+2= and you will get the answer. To add numbers together with the calculator enter the + in the bar. To subtract numbers together with the calculator enter the - in the bar. To multiply numbers enter * into the bar. To divide numbers in runner enter / into the bar. To exponentiate enter ^ into the bar.

You can also leave your session with lxqt-runner. To shut your computer all the way down press the button that looks like a downward pointing arrow and select Shutdown. To suspend your system press the downward pointing arrow and select Suspend. To reboot your system press the downward pointing arrow and select Reboot. To logout of your system press the downward pointed arrow and select Logout. To lock your screen from the runner press the downward pointing arrow and select Lock Screen. If you decide against running something press the Escape key.

Screenshot

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Configuration

Runner has a few configuration options. If you want to change the keyboard shortcut to launch programs, click the downward arrow on the right side of the search bar to open up the menu and select the gear icon to Configure. To change where the runner appears to the center change Positioning drop down menu. To choose which monitor to put the runner on change the Show On drop down menu. At the bottom there is a label that says shortcut and then a button that lists the current shortcut left click on the Shortcut button and a countdown will begin in which time you need to press the key or combination of keystrokes you want to launch lxqt-runner. In this screen there is a checkbox for Store/show history. If you want to show history first check the Show history first checkbox. To change how many results are shown when you show a result for runner change the Show list with x item(s) field. To reset your changes in this window press the Reset button.

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How to launch

Runner should be running in the background and Alt + F2 should bring it forward to launch an application. If you need to manually start it for some reason run

lxqt-runner

from the command line.