How to edit application menus

Martin Sourada martin.sourada at
Wed Nov 23 09:25:14 UTC 2011

On Tue, 22 Nov 2011 20:19:32 -0800 
John Jason Jordan wrote:

> On Tue, 22 Nov 2011 19:36:40 -0800
> John Jason Jordan <johnxj at> dijo:
> >I really need to edit the application menus. I hope someone here can
> >tell me the secret. I don't mind doing it manually; I just need clear
> >instructions.
> I just discovered that the application menu is called Applications
> Menu and it is a widget installed in the panel. Right-clicking >
> Properties gets me a dialog box with some options, among which are:
> 	Menu File
> 		* Use the default menu  ["Edit Menu" button]
> 		o Use custom menu file:
> 			Menu file:  [Button to browse for file]
> By default it is set to "Use the default menu," but when I click on
> the button to edit the menu nothing happens.
Well, that's not entirely true -- actually it launches alacarte, which
however silently crashes...

> Setting it to "Use custom menu" enables the button to browse for a
> file, but I have no idea what kind of file it is looking for or what
> kind of syntax it requires.
I have no idea either.
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