Software & Apps Linux Ubuntu Alacarte Menu Editor Ubuntu documentation by Juergen Haas Writer Former Lifewire writer Juergen Haas is a software developer, data scientist, and a fan of the Linux operating system. our editorial process Juergen Haas Updated on November 05, 2020 Linux Switching from Windows Tweet Share Email One of the greatest benefits of using Ubuntu is that it offers a ton of customizable features. This is especially true for menu options. Ubuntu comes with the Alacarte menu editor, so you can customize your menus and add entries for applications that don't automatically appear after they are installed. Alacarte is a powerful application, but it doesn't necessarily work in all situations. The default Ubuntu installation uses the GNOME desktop environment. GNOME offers a completely different approach to listing applications. It shows them all in a large list, similar to in a mobile device. So, Alacarte won't do much to help you with GNOME. If, however, you've chosen a different GTK-based desktop environment, like MATE, XFCE, or Cinnamon, you can take full advantage of Alacarte to customize your applications menu. Install Alacarte Alacarte is available in the regular Ubuntu repositories. Open your terminal emulator and run the following command to install it. sudo apt install alacarte How to Create a New Menu Entry With Alacarte To add a new menu entry: Open Alacarte with Applications > Accessories > Alacarte Menu Editor or by right-clicking on any top-level menu and choosing Edit Menus. In Alacarte's left panel, choose the submenu the new entry should appear in. Press New Menu on the far right of the Alacarte window. A Launcher Properties window opens for you to create the menu entry. Start by giving it a Name. In the Command field, type the command to launch your application. If you aren't sure what it is, press Browse and go to /usr/bin. All the applications are there, although the list may be massive. Select the image icon in the Launcher Properties window to open a browse window. Browse to the installed icons on your system at /usr/share/icons and make your selection. Optionally, add a Comment to your entry. Press OK to close the Launcher Properties window and create the new menu item.