Gnome Menu tweaking
Most Gnome users complain about the menu. Changing menu entries system-wide or for one or several users alone is poorly documented.
(Note: It was believed that this article was obsolete. gnome 2.14 has its own menu editor (half functional). Half-functional indeed, so using this manual method is still effective until the new gnome menu editor is fully functional.)
As a user, you may add starters for applications to your desktop. Once you have created and tested one, start nautilus and type
applications:/// in the location bar. Take the menu group you want, and place your starter there. You now have a new entry in your Gnome menu.
Or install Alacarte, which makes it easy to create, change and remove menu entries with a GUI. Do this with:
pacman -S alacarte
You find common gnome menu entries as 'appname.desktop' objects inside /opt/gnome/share/applications.
- Edit one of them to fit your needs for a new application, then save it.
- Save it as a menu entry for all users
In common, you will set this files permissions to 644 (root: rw group: r others: r), so all users can see it.
- Save it as a menu entry for a group or user alone
You may also have different user permissions; for example, some menu entries should only be available for a group or for one user.
Here is an example how a Scite menu entry definition file could look:
[Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=SciTE Comment=SciTE editor Type=Application Exec=/usr/bin/scite Icon=/usr/share/pixmaps/scite_48x48.png Terminal=false Categories=GNOME;Application;Development; StartupNotify=true
Hint: Folders in Gnome menu:
When you create a folder in applications:/// and want to change the icon - Right click, and choose "edit launcher" then change icon. If you right click and choose "Properties" and change the icon the icon will not change in menu.