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Old 02-16-2014, 01:15 AM   #1
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XFCE Context Menu isn't....right.

Hey -
I just recently installed Xubuntu, and I'm just about finishing the customizations I want to make. I'm loving it a lot more than regular Ubuntu or Ubuntu GNOME. Pretty much the only problem still, is the context menu.

I'm used to Windows' taskbar and Unity's launcher when it comes to the context menu that comes up when you right-click an application's shortcut or the "System tray icon" as it's called in Windows. It's a custom context menu ("custom" and "context" seem redundant here) for the application. For example, if I right-clicked Firefox's icon in Unity or Windows, I'd get Firefox's options: for example, "Open new tab," "Open new window," or "New Private Window." In XFCE, I just get the generic context menu for any program's icon, with options about the icon itself and its behavior and what not.

How can I get the context menu for the specific application? Is there any way to configure what shows up in each program's context menu, like there is for icons on Unity's launcher?

Also, just out of curiosity, is it possible to merge the Title Bar and the Menu Bar for a window (you know, the bar that has options like File, Edit, View, etc.)? Or put them both together in the panel at the top of the screen? If the latter is possible, can I have that and the Window Buttons? Thanks!
Old 02-16-2014, 05:52 AM   #2
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the good thing with linux, just about everything is possible!
the bad thing, it's not always that easy.
in your post, there's some confusion about terms and what things are.
i'd suggest you just get used to linux itself more, than rethink your wishes/expectations/preconceptions.
try to understand what a desktop environment is.
you might want to read this. i don't mean this as criticism, it's a good read for anybody.
Old 02-16-2014, 03:34 PM   #3
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Thanks for that! That is an interesting read, most definitely.

So maybe I shouldn't expect the context menu to be functionally identical to Windows or Unity. But there has to be a way to get the same functionality that the context menu in Windows generally provides based on the application, isn't there? Where/how would I find out any keyboard shortcuts or whatever for each of the functions that you would normally find in the context menu in Windows?

Pardon me if I sound like an idiot. I'm currently dual booting Windows and Xubuntu, and I'd like to eventually ditch Windows altogether; I just first have to get through this transitional period of trying to figure out how to do everything in Xubuntu that I need to do, in the most efficient way possible.
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sometimes the most efficient way is to change your habits.

but forgive my philosophial remarks - if you tell us exactly what you want to achieve, we might be able to help you with that.
"like in windows" means nothing to me. i haven't used windows for years and haven't touched a windows computer in months.
that is, if there actually is an issue.

maybe a screenshot with additional explanation would help, also reading up on the DE link i provided and getting somewhat familiar with terms like "file manager" and "desktop" and "panel" and "window manager" and so on.

i'm not saying you need all this if you want to use linux, but if you want to customize & get your hands dirty & get help from others, then you need to.


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