Obmenu: The OpenBox Menu Editor

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Obmenu is a menu editor designed for openbox. It’s easy to use, allowing to get the most out of the powerful Openbox menu system, while hiding the xml layout from the user.

obmenu_about

In this tutorial am using Crunchbang 11 ‘Waldorf’ which comes with Openbox as default desktop environment

Why a graphical menu editor?

Because Openbox menus are written in XML, what gives them a lot of flexibility; but make them harder to edit. It’s just too much work to write a big menu from scratch or even adding a single program.

If you’re using Openbox desktop environment like Cranchbang, then you should have obmenu is pre-installed. If you don’t have, run:

sudo apt-get install obmenu

Using Obmenu

To launch obmenu, Press ALT + F2 enter obmenu

run_obmenu

With the interface you can easily:

  • Add and edit:
    • menus
    • items
  • Delete menus and items

In the image below, I’ve added an item with name JSOM and command to execute it:

add_item

Since obmenu restarts Openbox automatically, changes will take place immediately, as it appears below:

JOSM_obmenu_enock_seth

Enjoy!

For questions please refer to our Q/A forum at : http://ask.unixmen.com/


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