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[How To] Enable Ubuntu’s Global Menu in Xubuntu 11.10

Xubuntu 11.10 users can now add Ubuntu’s “App Menu” plugin to their desktop set-ups.

Global menu in Xubuntu 11.10

A new package by XFCE user AaronLewis89 enables the Ubuntu App Menu (also known as a ‘global menu’) to work under the XFCE desktop environment.

Enable App Menu in Xubuntu 11.10

To enable the app menu to run under Xubuntu you’ll first need to install a few packages.

First up are the ‘dependencies’ – the packages that the app menu requires in order to run. Click on the button below for these to open in the Ubuntu Software Centre.

Click to install XFCE App Menu dependencies

Next we need to download and install the ‘app menu’ plugin itself. Aaron provides this as an easy-to-install .deb package for Ubuntu 11.10 users. Let the package download, then double-click on it to install it.

Click to download the XFCE App Menu plugin

To enable Firefox and Thunderbird App Menu support you’ll need to also installed the following packages:

Click to install extra App menu support

How to add App Menu to the XFCE panel

Once everything has successfully installed you’ll need to add the plugin to the top XFCE panel.

  • Right-click on an empty part of the top XFCE panel
  • Choose ‘Panel > ‘Add New Items’ > ‘App Menu plugin’
  • Move/place the plugin to the right of the ‘Xubuntu menu’ logo

Adding the applet in Xubuntu 11.10

Depending on your screen width you may wish to move the ‘Window List’ plugin from the top menu and place it elsewhere.