I would like to know what are the possible ways of using an unity-like HUD (Heads Up Display) on Ubuntu 18.04, preferably with the gnome shell as default.

by HUD I mean the access and search of menu items (not applications or files!) when pressing (and releasing) alt.

Are there usable gnome extension or third-party apps that works in 18.04?


There are already some discussion here. But this is less specific, as I am searching for an Ubuntu 18.04 (with Gnome shell) solution.

some of the solutions indicated are:

  • plotinus seems promising, but only works with GTK+ apps.

  • Gnome Global Application Menu(HUD for Gnome), comments say it doesn't work in 18.04, although the last comment (from 06.05.18) says the latest version if installed manually from github should work in 18.04. (I would appreciate a detailed instruction of how to install an extension manually)

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    You still can install Unity with sudo apt-get install ubuntu-unity-desktop. – N0rbert May 7 '18 at 21:05
  • I have not problem to help you. Create a github account if you have not one. Open an issue here: github.com/lestcape/Gnome-Global-AppMenu/issues/new See also a video: youtube.com/watch?v=sJRFeiJIDVo – lestcape May 8 '18 at 3:33
  • thanks lestcape. It is actually not as hard as I first imagined and your instructions (on github) were enough. The extensions seems very promising. It did work with some programs I just tried, but it seemed to slow down the computer a bit. If I have a concrete issue, I'll definitely open it on github. – Marcelo Avila May 8 '18 at 5:09
  • Marcelo, yes it not SEEMED to slow down the computer. It slow down the computer a lot. It's a fact. github.com/lestcape/Gnome-Global-AppMenu/issues/59 – lestcape May 8 '18 at 18:41

An Unity like HUD menu for the GNOME Desktop Environment using rofi menu


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