Monthly Archives: August 2014

Fixing Ubuntu 14.04 Menus after 13.10 Fiddling Around

Dear Reader,

If you had used Ubuntu 13.10 and fiddled around with the menu settings you may have found that when you upgrade to 14.04 some of the menus appear odd.  Two things I noticed:

  • In Nautilus I found that the silly icons that replaced file menus were still there after the update but were not there in a fresh install of 14.04.
  • In firefox the menus were absent no matter what menu position that you selected in All Settings -> Appearance in the System Settings.

I traced the problem (after a lot of going around in circles) to the fact that I had tweaked things in Ubuntu 13.10 and this had unintended consequences during the upgrade.

So in 13.10 I had used this web-page: (or similar) to remove the appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-qt indicator-appmenu packages.

When you search in 14.04 they have been replaced with other packages – I searched and installed these manually and solved all my problems!

A quicker solution would be re-install indicator-appmenu and this should pull in all the dependencies that you need:

sudo apt-get install indicator-appmenu