The Menu System
This article describes the Enlightenment menu system used by Bodhi Linux.
The Main menu, and two of its submenus, are available at the click of the mouse – i.e. a click on any empty spot of the desktop:
- Left-click for the Main menu (or press the Menu key, or click the Start gadget on the shelf).
- Right-click for the Favorites menu (or press Alt+Menu key) – this will only show if you have set it up with your favorite applications.
- Middle-click (scroll-wheel click) for the Windows menu (or press Ctrl+Menu key) – this lists all open and minimized windows, allowing you to switch between them. You can also use Alt+Tab to switch beteen windows.
By moving the mouse over the Main menu items you get to submenus, and mousing over these may lead to further submenus. These submenus may sometimes disappear off the right of the screen, and if this happens simply move the mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen and the menus will shift to the left.
To set up your Favorites menu, go to Main menu > Settings > All > Apps > Favorite Applications. The Favorite Applications dialog box opens (press Shift+F10 to maximize it vertically), and here you can Add applications to your menu and, at the Order tab, put them in order.
If you wish to remove the ‘Favorites’ item from the Main menu (to make it less cluttered), go to Main menu > Settings > All > Menus > Menu Settings. You can also at the Menu Settings dialog box turn off the ‘Generic’ item, so that the generic descriptors of applications no longer appear in the menus.
To speed up menuing on a slower computer, go to the Miscellaneous tab of the Menu Settings dialog box and tick ‘Disable icons in menus’.
The menu structure
The items that appear on the Main menu are as follows:
- Applications: leads to the various GUI applications installed on your system, categorized as Accessories, Internet, Office applications, and so on.
- Favorites: displays your Favorites menu. You can if you wish remove this item from your menu (see above).
- Navigate: displays, in menu form, the directories (folders) and subdirectories on your system, opening them in the Enlightenment File Manager (EFM). You can remove this item from your menu by unloading the EFM Starter module.
- Run Everything: launches the Run Everything application, which provides a quick way to run the various applications and dialog boxes on your system. You can also launch Run Everything by pressing Alt+Esc or Ctrl+Alt+Space, thereby bypassing the menu system completely.
- Take Screenshot: allows you to take and save a shot of your whole screen. To take a shot of an open window, right-click the title bar and choose the Screenshot option from that. You can remove this menu item by unloading the Shot module.
- Desktop: leads to various desktop options, including placing gadgets on the desktop, virtual desktops, configuring shelves, and hiding windows.
- Windows: accesses any open or minimized window, and allows you to clean up windows.
- Bodhi Linux: Bodhi’s extension to the menu system, leading to the Quick Start Guide and other Bodhi-specific information.
- Enlightenment: allows you to restart Enlightenment if an error occurs, accesses some information about Enlightenment and your current theme, and allows you to exit Enlightenment itself.
- Settings: accesses the multitude of dialog boxes that allow you to tweak Enlightenment to your heart’s content! It also leads to the Settings Panel, which provides an alternative route to these dialog boxes.
- System: leads to the Power Down, Suspend, and other system functions.