Customise The Enlightenment Desktop - Part 8 - Menu Settings

Customise Enlightenment - Menu Settings
Customise Enlightenment - Menu Settings.

In this part of the Enlightenment guide, we will be looking at customizing the menu settings.

To access the menu settings left click on the desktop and when the menu appears select "Settings -> Settings Panel". 

When the settings panel appears click on the "Menu" icon on the top row and then select "Menu Settings" by clicking on the icon that appears.

The menu settings panel has 4 tabs although only one of the tabs proves to be ultimately useful.

  • Menus
  • Applications
  • Autoscroll
  • Miscellaneous


The "Menus" tab is broken into 3 sections:

  • Main Menu
  • Applications Display
  • Gadgets

When you left-click with your mouse on the desktop a menu appears.

If you check the favorites option under the main menu section then the menu will now show the favorites menu as part of the main menu with your favorite applications in it. You can also access the favorites menu by right clicking on the desktop.

The other option under the "Main Menu" section is applications. By placing a check in the applications option you will see an applications menu when the main menu appears. If it is unchecked then the applications menu won't be shown and it will be more difficult to find applications not displayed in a panel. My advice would be to always leave this option selected.

The "Applications Display" section determines how menu entries are displayed under the applications menu.

There are three options:

  • Name
  • Generic
  • Comments

The "Name" option shows the physical name of the application such as Midori or Clementine. The "Generic" option shows the type of application such as "Web Browser" or "Media Player". The "Comments" option shows any additional comments.

Personally, I leave all three of these options checked. Does it really matter how long a menu option is?

The "Gadgets" section has one checkbox which simply reads "Show gadget settings in top level menu". This option appears to do nothing regardless as to whether it is checked or not.

The rest of this guide is for information purposes only as the settings don't really appear to do that much even though they are listed.


There are three options listed under the Applications tab:

  • E (Applications)
  • Enlightenment
  • LXDE

Nothing appears to change no matter what you select. The Bodhi Guide To Enlightenment suggests that this is definitely the case within Bodhi Linux.


The "Autoscroll" tab has two slider controls:

  • Margin
  • Cursor Margin

I have tried changing the settings on both of these sliders but auto scroll never seems to occur within the menus.


The "Miscellaneous" tab has options that don't belong anywhere else.

The first item is a checkbox with the title "Disable icons". When checked the menus appear without icons next to the headings.

The other controls on this tab are sliders as follows:

  • Menu Scroll Speed
  • Fast Mouse Move Threshold
  • Click Drag Timeout

I played around with these settings and here is what I have come up with.

By amending the scroll speed the mouse pointer can move up and down the menus more quickly or more slowly depending in which direction you moved the slider.

The fast mouse move threshold determines the threshold for how fast the mouse can move.

The click drag timeout determines how long the menu displays before disappearing when you leave the left mouse button held down.

If you missed the other parts of this guide you can read them by clicking on any of the links below: