Tag Archives: context menu

Xbox One: How to Quit a Game Games Notes 31 JUL 2016

Most Xbox One games and apps don’t actually have a quit menu item any more. This usually isn’t a problem thanks to Xbox One’s clever way of handling game/app switching, allowing you to go out of a game to the dashboard to do something else, and then hop right back in at the exact point that you left off!

However, sometimes this clever system does go a little wrong (if you’ve left it for too long for example), and you jump back in only to find the game asking you to reconnect the controller and press ‘A’ to continue. Sadly for you though, this isn’t working, leaving you with a game that is stuck and no way of getting it to work again. (Remember, you can’t jump out to the dashboard and click on the game to relaunch it, as it will just switch to the frozen version currently in memory.

So, the ability to quit an active game is pretty important then. Unfortunately, the method of achieving this is not instantly apparent from Microsoft’s Xbox One UI, so after a little Google search, I’m jotting this down here so that I don’t forget.

To exit a game or app on the Xbox One, hit the middle Xbox button on your controller so that you are in the dashboard. Use the left stick to make sure that the large, central tile on the home page is highlighted (should have a white border around it), and once it is, tap the ‘Menu’ button (the small one marked with the tree stripes to the right above the Xbox button) to bring up a context menu. At the bottom of the menu you should spot the ‘Quit’ menu command.

Selecting that will shut down the currently active game, allowing you to start it up again from scratch.

xbox one dashboard interface - killer instinct

Related Link: Xbox One

Ubuntu Lucid Lynx: Terminal Quick Launch by Right-clicking! CodeUnit 27 JUN 2010

If you want an even quicker way of launching a terminal command line window outside of navigating to the Applications menu, selecting Accessories and then clicking on Terminal, then the excellent little Nautilus extension named nautilus-open-terminal is most definitely for you!
To install, simply run:

sudo aptitude install nautilus-open-terminal

The extension will then download and install itself. Once done, you may need to either restart Nautilus or log out and back in again, but once you’re back, you will notice that right clicking on any folder will bring up a newly extended context menu, with the proud little command “Open in Terminal” blinking back at you from close to the bottom of the menu!

Clicking it will then launch a fresh terminal with the path set to that of the folder you clicked on, making it a snap to open a terminal and immediately work within the folder you wanted to!


Ubuntu Lucid Lynx: Simple Resize of Images by Right-Clicking on It! CodeUnit 26 JUN 2010

Seeing as we are all using Ubuntu/Gnome’s powerful Nautilus file manager, a particularly quick and easy way to resize or rotate images by simply right-clicking on them comes courtesy of the extremely handy little Nautilus-image-converter extension.

Installing this extension and then restarting nautilus (or simply logging out and then back in again), reveals two new right-context menu options available when clicking on an image file’s icon, namely “Rotate Images…” and “Resize Images…”. Selecting either one of these options brings up a dialog which then allows you to simply either rotate the selected images or resize them to the dimensions of your choice – without having to fire up an external application like GIMP for example!

To grab the helpful little extension, simply run the following from your terminal:

sudo aptitude install nautilus-image-converter

Simple as that! :)

Copy Path Shell Extension CodeUnit 06 OCT 2009

Senior software engineer (well, that’s what his website says) Ralph Arvesen provides a pretty nifty little Windows shell extension (that’s an application that hooks into the operating system) in the form of Copy Path, a simple application that attaches itself to Window’s native right-click context menu handler and displays the file path for any file or folder right-clicked upon.

Once installed, on right-click of a file or folder, you will see a menu option reading Copy Path. Expanding its sub menu you will now find clickable menu items for the relevant file path, folder name, file name and UNC variants of the aforementioned, as well as an Options item that allows you to customize Copy Path’s behaviour. Clicking on any of the file information items automatically copies that string to the clipboard, meaning you can now simply copy and paste the file address without having to do any address bar manipulations as you might have had to before.


You can get more information surrounding Copy Path as well as a download for it here: http://bit.ly/QoRrk

Copy Path Screenshot

Related link: http://blogs.vertigosoftware.com/ralph/archive/2006/09/28/Copy_Path_Shell_Extension.aspx

Update: It seems as if the author has taken his original page offline. So to simplify matters, here is an alternative download link to use: Download Copy Path 1.1