I have two machines running Ubuntu - one has Gnome Ubuntu, the other Xubuntu. Both have been recently upgraded to 14.04. On Xubuntu, Rhythmbox has both a menu and a sort of "settings" button on the upper right-hand side. On Gnome Ubuntu (since either 13.10 or 13.04) neither is visible - and, in fact, I don't know how to access the things that used to be there. For example, I don't know how to change the layout or install plugins. How do I access this functionality in Gnome?

I've attached screenshots of Rhythmbox in both desktops.

Rhythmbox on Xubuntu

Rhythmbox of Xubuntu

Rhythmbox on Gnome Ubuntu

Rhythmbox on Gnome Ubuntu


Applications that confirm to the Gnome-Shell menu specification list their menus through the top panel.

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This contains the menu's that you previously saw in the top-toolbar in earlier versions of Rhythmbox.

To complete the story - where you previously right-clicked playlists to see a sub-menu, these have been relocated to a source toolbar location:

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To turn on or off use of the top bar to display application menus:

1. Install gnome-tweak-tool
2. Select the tab labeled "Top Bar"
3. Toggle "Show Application Menu".

An alternative is to make rhythmbox show the settings gear icon. To do this run:

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings overrides '{"Gtk/ShellShowsAppMenu":<0>}'

then restart rhythmbox

Source: https://extensions.gnome.org/review/1239

  • The gsettings command worked on Ubuntu 18.04. – estibordo May 25 '18 at 14:26

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