I need a global menu in kde how can I get this.

  • Define global menu, you mean where the file view options go into the taskbar as aposed to the window ? KDE does not have that.
    – Mark Kirby
    Nov 7, 2015 at 9:38
  • @markkirby it does indeed have some implementation of that: appmenu-qt. This indeed worked very well in KDE4, you could have the menu on the panel, as a mini-panel dropping from the top when needed, or popping out of a button in the application frame. Unfortunately with the move to qt5 that was omitted due to some incompatibilities. I'll try to find out more and post an answer.
    – AF7
    Nov 8, 2015 at 13:18
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    @AF7 That's interesting, I did not know that, I don't use KDE on this PC so cant test this but I guess this is the QT5 version ? launchpad.net/appmenu-qt5
    – Mark Kirby
    Nov 8, 2015 at 13:21
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    @markkirby yes, there is the QT5 version, but AFAIK it still does not add the required functionality. I'm writing a short answer now, I'll link the relevant bug report.
    – AF7
    Nov 8, 2015 at 13:23

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In KDE4, the appmenu was nice and easy. See here. In Plasma 5, however, this was discontinued. The reason is that appmenu made use of dbusmenu which has been deprecated by Canonical. Gnome now uses a new standard, qmenumodel.

Thus appmenu will need to be rewritten using qmenumodel to comply with the GNOME standard. You can see the relevant KDE bug report here and KDE forum discussion here.

Maybe you should have researched a bit more: the above are the first pages that Google shows when searching "appmenu qt plasma5".

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    There was no need for that little extra at the end. Ruins an otherwise solid answer.
    – Just a guy
    Dec 13, 2015 at 6:04

While it was true in the past this wasn't ported. It is now working in the staging version of KDE, version 5.9. You can read more about it here.

http://fasterland.net/activate-global-menu-kde-plasma-5-9.html enter image description here

If you have KDE backports ppa or KDE Neon you should eventually get this version.

You can add those ppa's easily like this.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
sudo apt-get update

If you want to add the source yourself check out the launchpad. https://launchpad.net/~kubuntu-ppa/+archive/ubuntu/backports

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