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Making Kontact

Kontact is KDE’s answer to the personal information manager Microsoft Outlook. Like Outlook, Kontact allows you to manage your email, contacts, calendars, and to-do lists in a single program (Figure 6-1). Kontact actually comprises several individual KDE components; for instance, its email capabilities come from KMail, the organizer and to-do component from KOrganizer, the contact management from KAddressbook, and the newsgroup reader from KNode. All of these programs can be run individually, but the KDE programmers thought it would also be nice to be able to run them through a single, easy-to-use interface. And thus, Kontact was born.

Kontact, KDE’s personal information manager
Figure 6-1. Kontact, KDE’s personal information manager

To launch Kontact, just click on its icon in the kicker panel. The icon looks like a calendar, with a globe and pencil in front. For some odd reason, the tooltip that appears when you hover your mouse over the icon reads Popup Notes; just ignore this inconsistency. You can also start up Kontact by going to K Menu Surf the Internet Read and send e-mail.


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