Tag Archives: application menu

How to Disable Ubuntu’s Unity Global Menu Bar Software & Sites 16 MAR 2012

Ubuntu’s new Unity shell is certainly pretty, and certainly maximises screen real estate, making it in other words perfect for tablets, laptops and other small screen devices. However, when it comes to desktop machines, and especially ones hooked up to more than one monitor, then certain aspects of Unity start to become pretty damn annoying – like the global menu bar for instance!

Luckily, to disable this annoying little critter turns out to be actually pretty easy. Simply run the following command in a terminal:

sudo apt-get autoremove appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-qt

Once this has finished running (and freed up a nice little bit of disk space in the process), simply restart your applications to find the application menus now stuck at the top of the application window – exactly where they’ve always meant to be.

You’ll note that Firefox and Thunderbird haven’t responded to your menu removal, and to achieve the same affect on these two, go into Tools -> Add-Ons and disable the Global Menu Bar Integration extension, followed by a restart.

Nifty.

How to Restore the Main Application Menu Bar in Ubuntu CodeUnit 05 DEC 2011

Annoyingly, I somehow managed to get the main application menu bar at the top of my classic 11.04 Ubuntu desktop to disappear. Be it from a corrupt panel entry or an accidental deletion, the fact of the matter was that the entire top menu bar panel had disappeared, rendering the workstation just about useless – and simply rebooting the machine wasn’t bringing it back.

Without the menu items, basic GUI-driven tasks become pretty impossible, so the easiest way to recover from this situation is simply to restore the system panels back to their default state. To do this, launch a terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+t.

Once open, enter the following lines to delete the current panel setup and force a restart of the gnome-panel service:

gconftool --recursive-unset /apps/panel
rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel
pkill gnome-panel

Your top and bottom panels should now reappear, albeit in their default install state.

Doesn’t matter, at least I can use my machine again! :)