XFCE - how to edit menu ?

Shane Ambler FreeBSD at ShaneWare.Biz
Thu Mar 8 02:43:25 UTC 2012

On 04/03/2012 17:37, jb wrote:
> Hi,
> I find it annoying having same items listed in multiple menus, e.g.
> - Accessories - Bulk Rename
>                  Orage Globaltime
>                  Terminal
>                  Thunar File Manager
>                  Help
> - Office - Orage Globaltime
> - System - Bulk Rename
>             Terminal
>             Thunar File Manager
> - Applications Menu - Help
> How can I edit the menus ?
> Also, how to rename Applications Menu to e.g. just Menu as it would better
> reflect applications and system (utilities) components ?

I started looking at this a while ago, this is incomplete but could get 
you started.

I am sure there was a page in the xfce wiki about customising menus.

What I found is you start by right clicking on the application menu and 
show properties where you can change from default to custom file menu - 
~/.config/menus/xfce-applications.menu matches the default and is an xml 

There is also some info that comes from the applications desktop files.
I think the categories field links them to the matching category entries 
in the menu file. This is where newly installed apps just show up.

Look in ~/.local/share/applications and /usr/local/share/applications 
for the *.desktop files - I believe the home dir versions override the 
/usr ones but haven't looked at what gets overwritten by reinstall etc.


Shane Ambler
FreeBSD (at) ShaneWare (dot) Biz


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