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openSUSE 11.1 Reference Guide
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3.3 Configuring the Main Menu

There are several options how to customize your main menu. To change the overall appearance of the menu, right-click the main menu button in the panel and select either the new SUSE Menu Style or the traditional KDE Menu Style.

Changing the SUSE Menu Style

  1. When the menu appears in SUSE style, it usually opens when you hover the mouse over the main menu button.

    1. To change this default behavior, start the Personal Settings from the main menu or press Alt+F2 and enter kcontrol.

    2. Click Desktop > Panels.

    3. Click the Menus tab.

    4. Deactivate Open menu on mouse hover if you want the menu to open on mouse click instead.

  2. To add applications or files and folders to your menu favorites:

    1. Select an application or file/folder from one of the other tabs in the main menu.

    2. From the context menu choose Add to Favorites. The object appears in Favorites and can be accessed from there.

    3. Resort entries in Favorites per drag and drop.

    4. To delete objects shown in Favorites, right-click the object and select Remove From Favorites.

When the main menu appears in KDE style, you can configure further details, for example, you can add, rename or remove menu items from the menu:

Changing the KDE Menu Style

  1. Start the Personal Settings from the main menu or press Alt+F2 and enter kcontrol.

  2. Click Desktop > Panels.

  3. Click the Menus tab.

  4. When the Start menu style is set to KDE, you can define whether you want to see the applications names or the descriptive text (or both) in the main menu. Select from Name only, Name (Description), Description only, and Description (name).

  5. If you want to change a menu item, click Edit K Menu. The K Menu Editor shows a list of menu items on the left.

    1. Click the item in the list and change its options on the right.

    2. You can add new menu items, submenus, or separators with the File menu or the toolbar.

    3. To cut, copy, paste, or delete objects in the main menu, use the Edit menu or the icons in the toolbar.

    4. To save your changes in the K Menu Editor, click File > Save.

    5. Quit K Menu Editor with File > Quit.

  6. To apply all of your changes in the Menus tab and close the Personal Settings, click Apply .

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