I only have one simple question: How to customize the /Debian and the menu design in openbox.

This link here shows an Openbox menu that has a black title in it. How do I do that?

And the /Debian thing, is missing too many applications like Web Browser and doesn't even have icons. How can I make it update, and seperate the directories in /Debian out like CrunchBang?

  • Is this about ubuntu?
    – Tim
    May 9, 2015 at 9:38
  • Lubuntu is an official flavor supported here. It has Openbox as its default window manager. However, OP needs to clarify the OS.
    – DK Bose
    May 9, 2015 at 12:06
  • @DKBose I use Xubuntu and then installed Openbox. May 10, 2015 at 2:59
  • You also wrote this: "And for note, I AM running Xubuntu 14.10.4 Trusty Tahr on e17 Desktop Environment." Sometimes, things can get complicated with too many DEs around.
    – DK Bose
    May 10, 2015 at 4:53
  • @DKBose I use e17 because I'm waiting for an answer here. May 10, 2015 at 5:53

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Changing the color of the openbox menu can be done with the program openbox configuration manager or obconf from the command line. Lubuntu comes with several different themes preinstalled. To choose that particular theme for the color of the menu looks like oynx-Citrus. If you wish to add an external theme like one you downloaded from boxlook.org you can click the install new theme and point it at the .obt archive. If you have lxappearnce and lxappearnce-obconf the window border tab also lets you have the same functionality just in a different application.

The content and the items in the menu are actually stored in an xml file. The full specification is found at http://openbox.org/wiki/Help:Menus. If you want a GUI application to make your own custom menus I suggest the obmenu package. http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/utopic/en/man1/obmenu.1.html

  • But I mean the black solid title on top. Even Oynx-Citrus doesn't display. May 10, 2015 at 2:58
  • @ianorlin, maybe OP should look at themerc which is in ~/.themes/Theme_in_use/openbox-3 or in /usr/share/themes/Theme_in_use/openbox-3, whichever is appropriate. themerc has lines related to menu.title.bg, menu.title.bg.color, and menu.title.text.color.
    – DK Bose
    May 10, 2015 at 4:47
  • @DKBose For example, Numix (Because it's also in GTK+) so how do I change it. And also, where can I get the Openbox Bluebird theme and install it? May 10, 2015 at 5:58
  • You may know that themes can be installed system-wide or user-specific. Anyway, does Numix have an openbox subfolder? I have no idea about "Openbox Bluebird". I looked at various themerc files and then I made my own minimal themerc.
    – DK Bose
    May 10, 2015 at 12:23
  • @DKBose ok, first, numix is a built-in theme. Second, you know the Bluebird theme in XFCE desktop? Bingo. May 10, 2015 at 13:15

All you need to add to your menu.xml is something like

<separator label="Openbox 3"/> 

This produces a separator with the label (or title) Openbox 3. If you just have:


you'll get a simple line between items. For example, if you do this:

<item label="term">
  <!-- stuff goes here -->
<separator label="Applications"/>
<item label="emacs">
  <!-- stuff goes here -->
<item label="www">
  <!-- stuff goes here -->

Your Openbox menu will have an Applications-labelled separator between the items term and emacs, followed by a thin line separating emacs from www.

Of course, there's a lot more to the specification, but adding labelled separators is quite easy.

  • @dattutbrus -- Let me know if anything is unclear!
    – jon
    Nov 7, 2015 at 16:40

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