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asked 2013-07-01 14:16:26 -0600

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updated 2013-07-06 02:48:42 -0600

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

Does anyone who's used the new "classic-mode" in Gnome 3.8 (Fedora 19) know how to edit the contents of the Applications menu? Right-clicking on the menu has no effect. Of course it doesn't! What was I thinking? Anything that makes so much sense has been stripped from Gnome 3.x.

Classic mode looks to be almost a return to sanity, but I'd really like a way to fully customize the Applications menu.

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This is too much cynicism to be a productive question. What kind of customizing are you trying to do? The menu entries come from .desktop files provided with the application they launch.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2013-07-02 23:04:30 -0600 )edit

The added cynicism in no way diminishes the question; with or without, the question remains the same, though I will expand upon it: In Gnome 2, one used to have the option to edit the Applications Menu by right-clicking on the menu or running alacarte. Neither option is available now. I want to be able to edit the menu in the most simple and obvious ways: adding and removing application launchers, or recategorizing them.

faustus gravatar imagefaustus ( 2013-07-04 17:47:05 -0600 )edit

Faustus has a point. Why in the world is there no working menu editor when we are on the fourth stable build of Gnome Shell? How many years should we wait to get back a standard feature such as a menu editor?

petrochemicals gravatar imagepetrochemicals ( 2013-07-05 14:21:29 -0600 )edit

@petrochemicals: because no one has written a menu editor for gnome-classic yet? Why don't you go ahead and write one to help them? If you are this frustrated, why not just use MATE instead? A menu editor is probably just not very high on upstream's list of TODOs when compared to major tasks such as porting to Wayland.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-07-06 01:59:17 -0600 )edit

And: you're going to have to wait as long as it takes upstream to finish their work, especially if you're not helping them speed up by contributing.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-07-06 02:09:33 -0600 )edit

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answered 2013-07-06 19:59:34 -0600

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updated 2013-07-06 20:05:36 -0600

There is probably no applications menu editor till now. All I know is alacarte, but I'm not sure if it's been kept up to speed with gnome3.

EDIT: This post says alacarte will work:

Not used it myself, and I'm not certain how this plays with the classic menu. Another post that discusses this:

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Alacarte is partially functional. I tried it before even posting this question, and it showed so many bugs and crashes I just assumed it was never updated to work with Gnome 3. Trying again, however, I find I can at least disable certain menu items, which is something. I still can't delete the entries entirely, or move them around, without an immediate crash. Perhaps it is the way forward though, with some bug fixes/upgrades to improve compatibility with the Gnome 3 Classic Applications menu.

faustus gravatar imagefaustus ( 2013-07-06 23:11:19 -0600 )edit

answered 2013-07-16 14:48:49 -0600

hintak gravatar image

You need some javascript skills, but I found one way of doing it - editing


directly. You can then do "gnome-shell --mode=classic --replace &" to reload. Caveat any editing you do will be wiped when you next do package update of that. (part f gnome-classic-session package).

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answered 2013-07-06 04:43:21 -0600

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Why don't you give xfce a chance ? It is faster and lighter then gnome. I used gnome for years, from the beginning, but stop with their gnome-shell. I supposed developpers got happiness with it, but he isn't done for me.

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Thanks for the XFCE suggestion. I was actually using Cinnamon up until very recently, for usability reasons. While I appreciate the speed and lightweight factors you point out, in theory, they really aren't a practical issue for me personally; I'm not going to notice a performance difference of nanoseconds on my overkill hardware. When I heard about Classic Mode being promoted from a fallback shell to a fully supported Gnome desktop option, I decided to give Gnome 3 another shot. In spite of a few annoyances, I am finding it mostly usable. I'd like to give Gnome a chance to improve.

faustus gravatar imagefaustus ( 2013-07-06 13:43:26 -0600 )edit

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