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    Re: changing the menu in Lubuntu 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by s1wood View Post
    How do I change the main menu in Lubuntu 12.04? in Xubuntu it's under Settings but I don't seem to have that on Lubuntu.
    I really need to get 'Games' off until after Christmas!

    Susan
    Is it just games you want gone? Or do you actually want to change the menu?

    If you remove the default gameset from lubuntu, the menu space will disappear.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge ace-of-penguins
    I don't like having games on my laptop either. haha

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    Re: changing the menu in Lubuntu 12.04

    I don't want to uninstall my precious games, just put them out of easy reach for a while,

    Susan
    Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz 1.5GB RAM
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    Computers are my mid-life crisis - it could have been worse!

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    Re: changing the menu in Lubuntu 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by s1wood View Post
    I don't want to uninstall my precious games, just put them out of easy reach for a while,

    Susan
    What games are there?

    I think perhaps you can edit .desktop files to hide them.

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    Re: changing the menu in Lubuntu 12.04

    The OP want's to know how to change the Main Menu in Lubuntu 12.04. I don't see that question answered so I'll try to explain how to do it manually
    without installing any extra packages that you may not need or want. In /etc/xdg/lubuntu/menus/lxde-applications.menu there is a section for each item
    in the Main Menu so for example to remove Games from the menu, you look for

    Code:
    <Menu>
      <Name>Games</Name>
        <Directory>lxde-game.directory</Directory>
        <Include>
          <Category>Game</Category>
        </Include>
    </Menu>
    If you change
    Code:
    <Category>Game</Category>
    to
    Code:
    <Category>Games</Category>
    (note the s) or anything other than 'Game' the item will immediately drop off the Main Menu.
    To restore the item, change the Category back to 'Game' and the item will immediately re-appear.

    The reason for this is, at least to me, obscure. The short answer is that in the directory
    /usr/share/desktop-directories there is a file named lxde-game.directory. Everything between the - and the . in the filename is the category. i.e. 'game'
    (The lxde- part is the vendor ID) Any file in /usr/share/applications that has the line Categories=Game; (note the capital G and semicolon) will show up as a submenu
    to Games. To find them all go to that directory and type grep Game *

    This may seem complicated, but remember the L in LXDE and Lubuntu stands for 'Lightweight' so it's not full of point and click stuff like Gnome and KDE.
    The xdg website offers more explanations.

    Hope this helps

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