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15.3. The Main Menu

By default, the GNOME panel contains one menu -- the main menu. It is displayed using the first button on the right with the GNOME foot icon on it (sometimes it is called the foot menu). The default main menu offers a number of items and submenus divided into sections:

You will notice that the top entry for each menu section and each submenu is not an actionable item. It is the titlebar for the menu. Right-clicking a titlebar opens a pop-up menu containing a couple of options:

Add this as drawer to panel

Takes the current submenu and converts it to a drawer on the panel.

Add this as menu to panel

Copies the menu to a new menu launcher on the panel. Keep in mind that the submenu from the main menu and the menu on the panel are the same. You can edit the submenu in the menu editor, and the changes will occur in the Panel menu.

Add this to personal menu

Copies the menu to the User menu.

The default configuration of the main menu makes it a bit difficult to customize. Since the System menus are set and cannot be altered (unless you are root), you can initially configure only the User menu section.

The best way to make a fully customizable main menu (other than being root all the time) is to copy the desired parts of the System menu to your User menu. Once you have done this, you can edit the User menu in the menu editor to your liking.

15.3.1. Menu Display Properties

You can choose which menus are displayed by using the menu properties. Right-click the menu button and choose Properties to open this dialog. The Menu Properties window contains display settings for the System menu, User menu, and any other default menus you have installed. You can choose to display each menu as either fully listed, in a submenu, or not displayed at all.

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