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I seem to have forgotten how to do this, and I don't think I'm phrasing it right for a google search, nor do I see a keyboard shortcut for this. I'd like to be able to show an application's menu (such as file, edit, etc.)

Does anyone know how to do this for Ubuntu 19.10?


EDIT:

To clarify, in Unity we had the "menu bar" per application, which exposed application-specific dropdowns beyond the dropdown that appears in the upper left in GNOME shell. Here's an example of a tutorial that deals with the "menu bar" in Unity: https://www.howtogeek.com/187999/how-to-enable-local-menus-in-ubuntu-14.04/

I prefer to continue to use GNOME shell (or the current Ubuntu-flavored equivalent, that's fine) but I would like a way to display the "menu bar" options for an application.

  • See if askubuntu.com/questions/961161/… helps – DK Bose Dec 11 '19 at 14:24
  • Did you try to select another desktop manager at login screen as shown in the image at the following question? askubuntu.com/questions/1136127/… – FedonKadifeli Dec 11 '19 at 14:30
  • I think the user is actually asking... what function key is used to drop down the application menu? I don't think it's documented along with the normal keyboard shortcuts... but it's something like special_key+function_key (ie: alt-F2). – heynnema Dec 11 '19 at 14:36
  • Please clarify what you exactly want to know. – vanadium Dec 11 '19 at 15:04
  • does not the alt key on its own open the 'menu' for the active application? it does for me. – pierrely Dec 31 '19 at 5:03
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Aha! This is a pervasive issue, and not one with an easy fix or explanation. I'll link to this excellent discussion on the topic, and answer my question.

For Ubuntu 18.04, is there a way to show drop-down menus for a certain applications in a menu bar?

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