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hpr0345 :: Editing the auto-generated menu in Linux

Thistleweb shows how to edit menus and icons

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Hosted by Thistleweb on 2009-04-27 is flagged as Explicit and is released under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
Tags: menus,icons,Xfce.
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Locations Menu files (requires root to edit)

  • /usr/shar/applications
Icon files
  • /usr/share/pixmaps
  • /usr/share/icons/foo

Edit files in plain text editor like GEdit

Ellements pointed out in episode (there are plenty more, they vary per app, & distro)
  • Name : the name it will display on the menu (may need to change Name[foo] to reflect your language)
  • Language : speaks for itself
  • Comment : the rollover text
  • Exec : the command it will execute when clicked
  • Icon : the path to the icon shown in the menu
  • OnlyShowIn : useful when trying to find why an application may not be showing the menu
  • Terminal : runs the command in a terminal
  • Categories : (I think) this is the submenu groups where it'll appear on the menu

Changes sometimes take a little while to update, restarting X or rebooting will force it to re-read that folder and apply the changes.

  • Right click to edit menu. Click on something like a separator, move it up, then down to it's original place. Save.


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