Even the simple ctrl+F is not working... I tried installing texmaker from software center and xm1math web site, but shortcuts still doesn't work...

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Install the Qt5 version of texmaker (at this date it is the one you get from ubuntu-software-center) and always run it from terminal using:

env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= texmaker

or (a permanent solution)

Edit texmaker:

Open nautilus as root:

sudo nautilus

Navigate to usr/share/applications/texmaker , right click on it, properties, and change on Command texmaker %F by env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= texmaker %F enter image description here`

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    This is unfortunately not working on a fresh install of ubuntu 16.10.
    – E.P.
    Nov 14, 2016 at 19:24
  • @E.P. ....... I'm really disappointed with texmaker, they should have tested with all current versions of Ubuntu. I don't use 16.10 and I don't plan to use it, so I can't help those with your problem. If you find the solution, post here. Just one question, did try this procedure with 16.04 and it worked? Nov 14, 2016 at 21:11
  • I never tried 16.04, I skipped straight from 15.10 (for which I did the remove qt5 thing, making for remarkably bad visuals). If I have time I'll try to test this off of the live USB and maybe compare with 16.04; if anything interesting comes up I'll report it here.
    – E.P.
    Nov 14, 2016 at 21:26

You don't have to install the older version, you just need to remove the appmenu package for QT5:

sudo apt remove appmenu-qt5

P.S. I am not sure if it can cause problems for other applications on your system. It didn't cause any problem in my end.

  • 1
    This worked for me.
    – Jus12
    Dec 21, 2016 at 14:03

Regarding solution 2 of Vitor, you can also edit the launcher shortcut to TexMaker:


and change the line

Exec=texmaker %F


Exec=env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= texmaker %F
  • Works for me. The menu will then be attached to the actual window and not available at the top bar as usual - but at least it works. What a funny bug. Jan 22, 2017 at 9:54
  • @displayname yep, that's right, this will "break" the global menu, because you are explicitely disabling it - as it is its fault (at least kind of) that the shortcuts are broken... But this is definitely the safest and cleanest solution which should not have any side-effects. Upvote for this one! Removing non-application specific packages like the appmenu-qt5 package without any need doesn't look particularly clever to me...
    – mozzbozz
    Feb 12, 2017 at 19:51

from terminal:

sudo -H gedit /usr/share/applications/texmaker.desktop

you will see

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=texmaker %F
GenericName=LaTeX Editor
Comment=LaTeX development environment

Now change the line

Exec=texmaker %F


Exec=env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= texmaker %F

and then save and exit


The command

sudo apt remove appmenu-qt5

Worked for my fresh ubuntu 16.04 installation.

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    We don't know if it may interfere on other applications. @vitor Solution is safer. Oct 13, 2016 at 19:28

Create an alias in the .bashrc or create the file ~/.bash_aliases and define the alias:

alias texmaker='env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= texmaker'

save it, exit and source it. From the home directory, do:

$. .bashrc

$. .bash_aliases

Done. Now opening Texmaker from the terminal will work perfectly.

Note: In a way it's very similar to @Vitor Abella's method.


The problem seems to be Qt5 and setting UBUNTU_MENUPROXY did not fix it for me on Ubuntu 16.10 for me, so here is my solution:

  • Remove Texmaker: sudo apt-get remove texmaker texmaker-data
  • Download the latest Debian version of Texmaker from: http://www.xm1math.net/texmaker/download.html#linux (In my case, I downloaded texmaker_debian_jessie_4.5_amd64.deb
  • Install it: sudo dpkg -i texmaker_debian_jessie_4.5_amd64.deb

Note: the package might have some dependencies like libqt4-opengl and libqtwebkit4 that you might have to install manually

  • Did you mean "did not fix it"? It didn't fix it for me either on 16.10, but the alternate .deb you pointed to did work.
    – Ian Hincks
    Mar 8, 2017 at 17:18

In case of Ubuntu 16.10, I have installed version 4.5 for Ubuntu 14.04 and shortcut are working. I suppose the other versions for Qt4 will work too.


I had the same issue with ubuntu 16.10, and adding the env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= to /usr/share/applications/texmaker.desktop did not work. Nevertheless, since Ubuntu 17.04 the problem seems to be gone - even without the env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=, hotkeys work for me in Texmaker.

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