How to add a menu item in Linux Mint

by Daniel Pham
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How to add a menu item in Linux Mint. I’m using Linux Mint and sometimes I use some software that does not automatically add it to the menu.

The software does not add itself to the menu

Most of the software on Linux supports automatically added to the menu. When you download a .deb file and install it on a Linux Mint machine, I think it will automatically work. But some software does not automatically add it to the menu, which is the portal software.

The software you just downloaded, unpacked and can be used immediately. The problem is that each time you use it, you have to find out where the software is located, which is very inconvenient.

Instructions for adding a menu item

Below, I will show you how to add a software to the menu item. In my example, I use the XMind software, which is a portal software. I extracted it and copied it to /opt/xmind.

Step 1, right-click on the Menu icon in the bottom left corner of the screen (main menu of the operating system) and select Configure …

How to add a menu item in Linux Mint
Select Configure… of Menu.

Next, when the menu configuration window appears, click Open the menu editor.

Step 2, you choose the category that you want the new menu item belongs to. In the demo, I’ll select the Other category. And click New Item on the right side of the window.

How to add a menu item in Linux Mint
Create new item for menu.

Step 3, you enter the information of the software as shown in the image below and click OK.

How to add a menu item in Linux Mint
Type software’s informations to Launcher Properties.
  • Name: this is the name you want to display software in the Menu.
  • Command: you click Browse and point to the executable file of the software. In the demo I point it to the file whose path is /opt/xmind/XMind_amd64/XMind.
  • Comment: your comment, whatever you want to write.

Check the new menu item

Now, let’s open the menu and check the Other category for what’s in it.

How to add a menu item in Linux Mint
New menu item is added successfully.

As the result above, you can now open the software through the menu in a convenient way. You can apply this to any software or program you write.

(This is an article from my old blog that has been inactive for a long time, I don’t want to throw it away so I will keep it and hope it helps someone).

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