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Xfce menus

<Menus are complicated in Xfce, so this slightly edited post by ToZ on the Xfce Forum is very helpful>


There are 3 places where the could reside:

  • the Xfce default location => /etc/xdg/menus/
  • distro-specific defaults => (e.g. for Xubuntu it is /etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/menus/
  • user configurable location => ~/.config/menus/

It is this user-configurable location that anyone who wants to make fundamental changes to the menu should be using. The example will be wanting to have a new category called “Multimedia-Editors”

Let’s start from the beginning:

  1. Copy over the default file for personal editing and use:

    cp /etc/xdg/menus/ ~/.config/menus

  2. Create the ~/.local/share/desktop-directories/Multimedia-Editors.desktop file:

    [Desktop Entry]

  3. Create the ~/.local/share/applications/mediainfo-gui.desktop file that has its categories line like:


  4. Add the directory information into the file (I’m inserting it just above the Development section):

    <Name>Multimedia Editors</Name>

This should create the category for you.

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