Local .desktop files

In XFCE, whenever I needed to customize some menu entry, I would just go to /usr/share/applications/ and edit the corresponding .desktop file. This applies the changes globally and whenever the program is updated the modified .desktop file will be overwritten. Read the rest of this entry »


Custom XFCE menu

After tweaking the icon size of the XFCE menu, let’s customize it a bit more. Use as a starting point the default: /etc/xdg/menus/xfce-applications.menu and copy it to a custom location, e.g. ~/.config/xfce4/xfce-applications-custom.menu. Read the rest of this entry »


Bigger menu icons in XFCE

One of the many things I loved about GNOME 2 was the “foot” menu. Its bigger icons made it look somehow more user friendly and uncluttered. At least to me :)

Since I switched to XFCE, I have been wondering if the same could be achieved with the XFCE menu. Finally, I came across this discussion. Read the rest of this entry »


Menu entries in E17

Every now and then I get this ideas to use the amazing Enlightenment17 — a truly beautiful semi desktop environment. The problem with it was that no menu file was provided by default. Recent versions include a menu file, but I still prefer to use the one from before. Read the rest of this entry »


Hiding unwanted .desktop entries from the menu

Problem: There are a few desktop entries that I do not want to be shown in the menu.
Solution: I used to just delete them from /usr/share/applications, but apparently there was a smarter way. Just open the .desktop file, e.g. /usr/share/applications/CMake.desktop and add the NoDisplay option: Read the rest of this entry »