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?


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

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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