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How to Enable Local Menus in Ubuntu 14.04


Ubuntu 14.04 has recently been released and they now include a setting for enabling the local menus, allowing you to easily move the menu bar for each program to that program’s window rather than displaying the menu bar at the top of the screen.

We recently showed you how to disable the Global menu in Ubuntu 13.10. Now that Ubuntu 14.04 has a setting to do this, we will show you how to change this setting.

To enable the local menus, click the System Settings icon on the Unity bar.


On the System Settings dialog box, click the Appearance icon in the Personal section.


On the Appearance screen, click the Behavior tab. Under Show the menus for a window, click the In the window’s title bar option.


Click the X button in the upper-left corner to close the Settings dialog box.


The change is effective immediately. You do not need to log out or restart. The menu bar for each program is moved to the title bar of the respective program.


If you decide you want the Global menu back, simply change the setting to the In the menu bar option.

Note that, because the menu bar is on the title bar of each program, the menus disappear when the mouse is not on the title bar. Simply move the mouse over the title bar to access the menus.

Lori Kaufman is a writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 05/5/14

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