Menu Editor

The Menueditor is a tool that creates menus that can be applied to users and groups with its profile manager.

How to find it

  • The menueditor is part of the package edubuntu-menueditor and is found under Applications/Systems Tools/Edubuntu menu editor

  • Interface presentation


  • The interface is very simple, it consist of a 2 column tree-view
    • The left column contains the icons and entry names
    • The right one contains a check box to toggle between hide/show for the items.
    • Items in the tree-view have context menus available, depending on the items and where it comes from, you might have more option available in the context menu
  • A menu consist of 2 types of items:
    • Desktop entry, that usually launch application
    • Sub-menus, that can contain other sub-menu and desktop entry

Working with sub-menus

Adding a sub-menu to the menu

  • Sub-menus can be added anywhere in the menu tree, to create a new sub-menu, follow the following steps:
    1. decide where you want to create the sub-menu and right-click,
    2. A context menu appear, click on Add Sub-menu,


    3. A dialog box will appear and ask you for the name and a comment for the menu


      • The name will be displayed as the submenu name
      • The comment will appear when the mouse stays over the menu for a while
    4. click on OK to create then menu entry.


Editing Menus

It's only possible to edit and delete sub-menus you have created, copied or moved. Context menu activate items only for action you can perform.

  • Editing a name or comment
    • Select the sub-menu you want to edit, do a right-click and select Edit Sub-menu.

    • A dialog box will appear containing the current menu name. Change the appropriate value and press OK


    • The interface now shows the new name for the menu.


  • Deleting or Hiding items
    • Difference between deleting and hiding
      • Deleting an item can only be done for created or copied item
      • Hiding item can be done to any item
    • Usualy you will want to delete items you have created or moved, and hide all other items
    • To delete an item, simply right-click on the item you want to delete and select the Delete Item from the sub menu

    • To hide an item, simply uncheck the checkbox on the right
      • When hiding a sub-menu, all items in the sub-menu are hidden

        Warning /!\ If an application that goes in this sub-menu is installed afterward the item will show up in the menu

Copying/Moving an item

  • Items in menu can be copied to another place, to do so simply drag and drop the item in the menu
  • Items in the tree cannot be moved, but can be copied and then hidden
  • This is the way the menueditor is used to add applications in custom sub-menu, simply select the item you want in your menu, drag it over your sub-menu and release it. The item will appear into the sub-menu
  • Saving your work
    • Select File/Save from the menu

    • Browse where you want to save your file and enter a name, you will need to add the .tar.gz extension as well

Profile manager

Profile manager is used to link profile made with Menueditor to group of users.

How to find it

  • Profilemanager is part of the package edubuntu-menueditor and is found under System/Administration/Edubuntu menu editor - Profile Manager

  • User Interface


  • The interface is quite simple
    • It consist of 3 lists of element: Groups, Menus and Group and menu associations


  • Groups contain the list of groups present on the system
  • You can show system group (group with a gid lower then 1000), by selecting View/Show system group from the menu

Importing menus

  • To import a menu, simply do a right-click in the Menus area
  • Select Import new profile, navigate to your previously created menus

  • Enter the name of the menu and press Ok, the menu appear in the list of menus and files are created in /etc/edubuntu-menueditor/

    Warning /!\ Only alpha-numeric, dash (-), underscore (_) and dot (.) are allowed naming of menus, any other character will be replaced by an underscore.

Deleting menus from the system

  • Right-click on a menus from the menu list
  • Select Delete Item from the context menu

    Warning /!\ Be careful not to delete used menus


Adding associations

  • Associations mean to link a menu with a group
  • Simply drag a group and drop it over a menu
  • Dragging a menu over a group will work too
  • You will need to save to activate it, select File/Save from the menu

Removing an association

  • Right-click on the association you want to delete and select Remove from the context menu, then confirm you want to delete the configuration file under /etc/deskop-profile/.

  • You don't need to save at this point. The file is deleted when you confirm

After this, when a user that is part of the group logs in, the menu should be updated

Edubuntu/Documentation/Edubuntu-menueditor (last edited 2010-09-15 17:53:27 by gw-sherb)