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I was recently playing around with Ubuntu 11.04 (Ah, the last version of Ubuntu to use Gnome 2 in the background) and I noticed this:

File Edit View Menu's in GNOME

As you can see its the "Unity" "File Edit View..." menu in GNOME 2. It's available as an indicator addon in 11.04.

Now what I'm asking is how do I get this integrated menu to the top bar in GNOME Fallback/Classic in Ubuntu 12.04? As it will be a great addition on my custom distro. Its also good for saving space on smaller screens like on my netbook. (Wink wink, nudge nudge. Hmm, maybe thats why he wants the answer)

It would also be nicer if it hid when the mouse isn't over it, but that's just a perk, but it would be nice ;)

I can confirm that the answer by tabakisp works! Thank you tabakisp!

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

*If you use GNOME2 or GNOME3 you can use the globalmenu package.

You can find more information here

And install instructions over here

This adds the same global menu as in Unity.*

Answered here.


In order for this guide to work for 12.04 Precise, you also need sudo apt-get install appmenu-gtk libqtgui4 indicator-applet-appmenu indicator-appmenu and then Alt + Right-Click, Add to Panel..., and add Indicator Applet Appmenu

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Thank you this is what I wanted :). But does it auto hide? – davidbuddy9 Feb 9 '14 at 1:43
Not sure, but you can use the info that @fossfreedom posted – Panagiotis Tabakis Feb 9 '14 at 1:58
@davidbuddy9 Did you even try it? – Seth Feb 9 '14 at 3:57
Ok, I can confirm this works! PS, It works better than I thought, I just wanted the auto hide because I didn't want it to show "File, Edit, View" when on the black desktop as in 11.04, but in 12.04 it hide's it's self when on the blank desktop – davidbuddy9 Feb 9 '14 at 23:59

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