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I want to change the content of the GIMP menus to make it a simpler application and hide all the advanced stuff that I never use.

Is it possible to do this via a theme or does it require creating a custom build from source?

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You can try to edit the menu definition XML files in /usr/share/gimp/2.0/menus/.

The key file for the application menu is image-menu.xml.

You will not be able to get everything this way - for example, menu entries created by plug-ins will still show up. But if you do not want a plug-in to show up there, you probably do not want it in your GIMP at all, either.

Please note: changes in these menu definition files affect all users of your system.

  • BTW... to anyone who does changes like this: make it obvious (wake-you-in-the-middle-of-the-night-and-you'll-know-it obvious) to yourself and any other user that you have done this change. Do not waste anyone's time by asking why a menu entry isn't there, only for your own change to be revealed after hours of research. – Michael Schumacher Dec 20 '15 at 23:51

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