Dial Up and Start Mozilla in One Click

Posted July 16, 2004 by tipmonkies in Linux

This Tech-Recipes tutorial explains setting up a desktop icon under KDE that will make your modem dial into the Internet as well as start Mozilla, all with a single click.


You can easily set up a desktop icon that will make your modem dial into the Internet and also start Mozilla. To do so, you must first create an “Autodial” kppp account to run Mozilla and then create a desktop icon that will use it.

Please note that this tech-recipe assumes that you can already get your modem to connect to the Internet and that you can then run Mozilla successfully.

First, to create an “Autodial” kppp account, follow these directions:


  1. Open the KPPP window.

  2. In the KPPP window, click on the Setup button. Next, click on the account you normally use to connect to the Internet. Then click on the Copy button.

  3. Click on the new account (which should have a name ending in “_copy“). Next, click on the Edit… button to open the Edit Account window.

  4. Change the Connection Name to Autodial.

  5. Click on the Execute tab, and in the Upon connect: field, type /usr/bin/mozilla.

  6. Finally, close the KPPP window.

Second, to create a desktop icon that will run the “Autodial” account, follow these instructions:

  1. Right-click (click your right mouse button, not the left button) on the desktop, which will open the desktop menu.

  2. Select Create New, Link to application… to open the Properties for Program.desktop window.

  3. Change the link’s name from “Link to application” to Mozilla Autodial (or whatever name is most meaningful to you).

  4. (Optional — if you want to change the desktop icon to something other than the gear icon, click on the gear icon, and then click on the icon you want to use for the new link. (I chose the Mozilla icon, rl_mozilla.)

  5. Click on the Execute tab, and in the Command: field type /opt/kde2/bin/kppp -c Autodial.

  6. Close the Properties for Program.desktop window.

Note: After you close Mozilla, you must click on the Autodial icon on the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen. Then, you will need to click the Disconnect button to make the modem hang up.

(This was originally submitted to the Lycoris website in September of 2002.)

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