Howto disable AppMenu (Global Menu) in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

One of  the innovations introduced in the new Ubuntu Natty 11.04, we find the  AppMenus or Global Menu ,  an applet that moves the application menu at the top panel ( screenshot bellow ) which increases the visibility of the window .

Ubuntu 11.04

In one hand it is useful because it give us more space in the window of our application, in the other handit  is very uncomfortable if we have to  work very often with  the menu functions.

If you want to  disable AppMenus on Ubuntu 4.11 Natty, What you need to do is, open terminal and type the following command:

sudo mv / usr/lib/indicators/5/ / usr/lib/indicators/5/

At this point we end the session or reboot our system, we can see that our windows back to normal:


If you want to have back the AppMenu, just enter the following command in terminal :

sudo mv /usr/lib/indicators/5/ /usr/lib/indicators/5/

and you are done.

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  • Elder-geek

    That my friend, is the dog bollocks.

    While the global menu may be good for a netbook, phone or tablet. For anyone with a 17 inch monitor or better, it just means much more work with the mouse, not to mention the fact that we have been trained for the last 20 years to look for the menu in the tile bar of the program (Mac users excpted of course)

  • asdacap

    Ow.. that’s a strangely simple hack. Is it ok to do so?

  • http://enteryoursiteURL... anon

    It’s much easier to right click on it, unlock it, then remove from panel.

  • http://enteryoursiteURL... Topher

    Now, is there some way to disable the title-hide effect for where the global menu bar used to be?

  • Kent K

    Is there also a way how to move the main bar from top to bottom?

  • http://enteryoursiteURL... Pedro Bessa

    sudo mv /usr/lib/indicators/5/ /usr/lib/indicators/5/libappmenu.soThe menu bar appears below the title, but everytime I mouse over maximize
    or minimize or close the title brings my attention to it to
    disappear, so it annoys plus distracts.

  • http://enteryoursiteURL... Pedro Bessa

    sry for the first wrong paste

  • http://enteryoursiteURL... sandeep

    I dont know what I did, but my global menubar is gone. And I dint follow the process you said. So, Is there a way I can get global menu bar back? I liked it..

  • Joel Cross

    This is a bit of a hack. A better way to do this would be:sudo apt-get remove indicator-appmenu

    To disable AppMenu:
    sudo apt-get remove indicator-appmenu

    To re-enable AppMenu:
    sudo apt-get install indicator-appmenu

  • http://enteryoursiteURL... taur

    in 11.10 oneiric ocelot it is /usr/lib/indicators3/6/