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.