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Customizing Menu's in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10


This document describes the method of adding menu items to the Gnome menu.


Because there is not a shipping utility with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 for managing the menu systems, this has to be done by hand. To add a menu item, use the following process :
  1. Obtain the icon (usually a *.png file or a *.xpm file). These are typically placed in "/usr/share/icons/" .
  2. Change to the "/usr/share/applications/" directory.
  3. Here, a *.desktop file must be created. Often, applications will include a .desktop file that should be copied into this location. If none is received, it is easier to copy an existing .desktop file to a new one.
  4. Edit the new .desktop file using a text editor. Alter it as needed (see the additional notes section for a commented example).
  5. Save the file.
  6. If the menu does NOT show up, log out, and then log back in. This will force a refresh.

Additional Information

Example *.desktop file contents
[Desktop Entry]
Comment= <Nxxxxx> Example
Descriptions of entries in the above example are as follows :
  • Name is what the application will show up as in the menu.
  • Comment is typically used in "pop ups" or context menus for more specific information.
  • Exec is the command to be run, or "executed".
  • Icon is the picture to use in the menu.
  • Terminal is the flag if the application is to be run in a terminal window (o = no, 1 = yes).
  • Type should be Application.
  • Categories are what the application should be listed under in the menu.


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  • Document ID:3316185
  • Creation Date: 08-Aug-2006
  • Modified Date:09-Jun-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop

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