Alacarte crashes every time I attempt to edit a submenu or move an item from one submenu to another and then I'd have to wipe the application.menu files or my gnomeshell desktop would be useless. Is there a way to organize my main menu and unity dash applications subcategories without using Alacarte? I've got so many items installed in the wrong category and I'd also like to remove a ton of zombie icons.
You might want to try Menulibre, a new alternative to Alacarte. You can install it via:
sudo apt-get install menulibre
Application launchers are located in these three folders:
(your user only)
By modifying the
.desktop files found in these folders you can edit menu entries directly. Modifications in user-wide folders will require root access:
gksudo nautilus /usr/local/share/applications
Drag and drop
.desktop files into a text editor like gedit to edit their contents. If root access is required, use:
Delete the files to remove their corresponding menu/dash entries.
Important Caveat: Changes introduced to default – i.e. user-wide –
.desktop files might get reverted on the next system update.
To add to the answer above, the .desktop files may also be located in
An old alternative is to install gnome-panel and use gnome-desktop-item-edit application.
gnome-desktop-item-edit also has a parameter
--create-new, to create new launchers.
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