How to install globalmenu in Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid)/9.10(Karmic)

Global Menu is the globally-shared menu bar of all applications launched in your desktop session.
There are several advantages by adopting a shared global menu bar in Gnome (thanks Matthew for organizing these):

* It works better with narrow windows, because the width of the menus isn't limited to the width of the window. (This is a problem for Gimp and Inkscape especially.)

* It's less confusing --- when two menu bars are visible on-screen at once, sometimes people choose the wrong one.

* Global Menu is the first step to move toward a Document Centric Desktop Environment which is, according to us, a long-term trend in DEs.

Install globalmenu in Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid)/9.10(Karmic)

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:globalmenu-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-globalmenu

Add globalmenu to panel

-- right click on a panel, select Add To Panel

-- choose Global Menu Applet from the list

-- logout, and back in again

Installation Video

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10 Responses

  1. rEnr3n says:

    Does this apply on netbooks too?

  2. Grobbendonk says:

    Beware – the global menu breaks menus on some software. For me, it breaks Eclipse.

  3. Dangger says:

    This application was very disappointing for me. It didn’t work with Swiftfox, Chrome or Rhythmbox which are the three main applications I use.

  4. Dangger says:

    Apologies for the double post. OMG what an obnoxious application. Can’t even be removed properly. I removed it and menus were not showing in any of the applications now (for the few that it worked with). In case you decide to try it and then remove, remember to do this to get the menus back:


    go to:


    uncheck: globalmenu-gnome

    Solution found here:

  5. Jay says:

    no screen shot? =(

  6. Jackelope King says:

    I haven’t had the issues Dangger has been having. I’ve been using gnome-globamenu since 8.04, and while I’d really like it to work with Firefox and OpenOffice, it’s one of the first things I install whenever I do a clean install of Ubuntu.

  7. heepie says:

    I found that global doesn’t work with a lot of applications. Until this doesn’t get fixed I don’t think global menu is ready for use across the board

    It can also be easily install through Ubuntu Tweak

  8. Yoxa says:

    Wow man i didn’t know that it is so easy to install on Lucid. Thank you very much 🙂

  9. Yoxa says:

    Ps (for guys that didn’t know) global menu works only with Gnome applications,it doesn’t work with Firefox,Open Office and few others that work both with with gnome and kde.
    Ps (again) sorry 4 double post.
    Again thank you man your post was very useful 😉

  10. Malsing says:

    Grobbendonk says:
    MAY 24, 2010 AT 1:53 PM
    Beware – the global menu breaks menus on some software. For me, it breaks Eclipse. works for me when using Eclipse, but does not work with Openoffice.

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