In KDE4 there was an option to add to panel by right clicking an application icon, like so

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In Plasma 5 there's only an option to add to favorites

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First of all, widgets mustn't be locked!

---in order to be able to make such changes!


In newer versions of Plasma 5 (like 5.12), we have two options - "Add to panel (Widget)" and "Pin to Task Manager" - when right-clicking an application icon from the Application Launcher menu:

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So, there are two ways of having launchers available on the panel, in both KDE4 and Plasma5.

  • First, by adding a shortcut inside the Task Manager widget. (It also works with the 'Icons-only Task Manager widget.)

This can also be done by opening your application and right clicking on it in the Task Manager, then select the option "Show A Launcher When Not Running" (renamed "Pin" in later versions).

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  • Second, by getting a separate launcher in the panel (a launcher widget: outside the Task Manager widget); in KDE4 this was done with the 'Add to Panel' option, which was absent is some early versions of the 5.x Plasma series: at which point that could be done anyway by draging & dropping desktop file launchers (like those in /usr/share/applications) onto the panel.

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But, as I said, we do have the two options available when right-clicking an application icon in the menu, at least in the current 5.12 version of Plasma.

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  • The second part doesn't seem to work for me. Do you mean drag it into the panel itself (as opposed to a plasmoid within the panel)? The existing plasmoids do not move aside, and no icon is created.
    – Sparhawk
    Commented Nov 4, 2015 at 5:48
  • @Sparhawk - In fact the KDE4 option is not related to the Task Manager, it creates icons on the panel. In Plasma 5 it works for me to get the same result by drag&drop from usr/share/applications onto an area between the left application launcher ('Start' button) and the Task Manager - all that in Plasma 5 (on Manjaro). I also tested that in KDE4 (same as the 'Add to panel' option).
    – user32012
    Commented Nov 4, 2015 at 7:14
  • @Sparhawk - added animated gif
    – user32012
    Commented Nov 4, 2015 at 7:31
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    Ahhhh…I was stupid. I had widgets locked. Thank you.
    – Sparhawk
    Commented Nov 4, 2015 at 7:41
  • What are the relative advantages of "add to panel" and "pin to taskbar"?
    – shmu
    Commented Oct 17, 2019 at 7:10

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