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It would be very useful, and am thinking of switching to XFCE for the speed.

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This instructionswork in 11.10 and earlier

No and yes. There is not one currently supported just for xfce that works (an old one exists, but is broke-see below). However, you can use the "xfce-xfapplet-plugin" xfce plugin (listed in synaptic) to put the "gnome-applet-globalmenu" or the "indicator-applet-appmenu" onto the xfce panel.

See my answer at the following link to add the "gnome-applet-globalmenu" to your setup. The instructions are for the gnome panel, but if you use the the plugin I mentioned above, you can add the "gnome-applet-globalmenu" to your xfce panel. It is a bit flaky. I found the "indicator-applet-appmenu" works better with xfce while the "gnome-applet-globalmenu" works better with the gnome-panel. Your mileage may vary.

Global - Menu applet on maverick

The ppa mentioned in the link also adds a listing in synaptic for an "xfce4-global-menu applet", but it does NOT work and according to the README is no longer supported.

Here is a screenshot of it in action (yes, I like a mac-ish look): xfce with "indicator-applet-appmenu" in panel

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Is that XFCE? How did you remove the menubar from the windows? –  John Feb 22 '11 at 4:14
@John Yes, that is xfce 4.8 from the koshi ppa: The menu automatically went to the panel when I added the indicator-applet-appmenu to the xfce panel. –  Mark Feb 22 '11 at 15:08
I can't seem to get it working on Oneiric. Anyone tried this? –  Johann Philipp Strathausen Oct 12 '11 at 12:48

Another person has some private code for getting the indicator-appmenu working on Oneiric Ocelot Xubuntu 11.10. I am not sure I yet trust the code for either the ~koshi code or from aaronlewis1989.

In any case, here is a link I found: OMG ! XFCE Global Menu [Oneiric Only]

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This answer is for Ubuntu 14.04, 14.10 or 15.04 and its variants (such as Linux Mint 17.*)

There is a global menu plugin/system called TopMenu which works on Xfce and MATE. You can find precompiled packages and instructions on Web Upd8.

There are limitations, however. It will not work with Java applications, Chrom(e|ium) or LibreOffice. There are also graphical glitches with most Xfce themes. The only known compatible Xfce themes are Numix and the default Linux Mint theme.

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There was a nice tutorial on that recently.

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While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. –  theDefector Aug 20 '12 at 22:27

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