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Add Global Menu Support to LibreOffice in Ubuntu 11.04 [Unity]

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LibreOffice does not natively support the Global Menu feature in Ubuntu 11.04 yet, but you can start enjoying that Global Menu goodness using the lo-menubar extension.

Note: Global Menu will appear on mouse-over as shown above.

Adding Global Menu support is easy. Open the Ubuntu Software Center and conduct a search for “lo-menubar“. Once the extension has displayed click on Install and within a few moments everything will be finished up. Keep in mind that you may need to log out, then back in to fully activate the Global Menu feature (which occurred on our system).

[via OMG! Ubuntu!]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 03/31/11

Comments (16)

  1. csw

    Useful info.Looking forward to more Ubuntu tips

  2. Nate

    And how do we get rid of this feature? Some of us like having our menu bars attached to the applications’ windows, and do not relish the idea of being mistaken for Mac users, thank you very much!

  3. AsianAngel

    @Nate – In Ubuntu 11.04 you will still be able to switch over to the traditional GNOME interface and bypass Unity altogether if desired. But from what I have been seeing GNOME may no longer be a part of Ubuntu by default from 11.10 onwards, so this style of menus may be inescapable for you without some additional installations or tweaking. Only time will give us the final answer to this though…

  4. Mohan

    Awesome tip, makes libreoffice integrate more into Unity system.

  5. Joke

    Did anybody notice that the ‘Window’ menu is missing in Unity menu?

    This make ‘Freeze Pane’ menu in Calc inaccessible.

  6. Oleksiy

    Same here – ‘Window” menu is missing. while ‘Data’ menu appears.

  7. Stefan

    why isnt this the default?

  8. Christian

    I could get rid of the global menu by typing “sudo apt-get remove indicator-appmenu appmenu-gtk” in a terminal and restarting. I did not try to re-install but should be possible.

  9. Mike

    After installing global menubar extension, Libreoffice loaded but all the apps (Draw, Write, CAlc etc) were grayed out. ALso the Software Centre showed them as uninstalled. Had to uninstall everything and re-install. I am using Ubuntu 11 and Libreoffice 3.4.1. 64 bit. Everyting works fine and I will live without Unity integration.
    Also the LibreOffice start icons will not install in the Launcher. After opening any app you can right click the icon in the launcher and get it to stay there but it will not load the application.

  10. AsianAngel

    @Mike – I am curious if the Launcher/Icon problem you are having started since updating to 3.4.1?

    With regard to the Global Menubar Extension, I am also wondering if it will need updating of some sort by the person who made it to be more compatible with the latest releases. :(

  11. Mike

    Yes the Launcher problems started after installing 3.4.1. With 3.3 I could use an icon in the launcher. Now it saves an icon in the launcher but it will nor load. Also I have found that all my global menus are missing (EG Firefox). I think this is related to uninstalling the menubar extension. I have written to the author in the OMG! UBUNTU! site. I tried switching to Gnome desktop and then back to Unity, hoping it would restore the correct settings but no luck. I have compizconfig installed but that does not appear to have any functions to restore the settings.

  12. AsianAngel

    @Mike – That definitely sounds like the 3.4.1 update mucked up the Launcher icon set up. :( They are supposed to have 3.4.2 out very soon as I understand so hopefully that will be the end of that and some other recent problems that have popped up.

    All of the Global Menus disappeared? O_o I am wondering if there is something in the Ubuntu forums for repairing/fixing that…

  13. Mike

    Problem solved! I re-installed indicator-appmenu and indicator-appmenu-tools. Rebooted and global menu works ok now.

  14. AsianAngel

    @Mike – Awesome! ^_^

  15. Balaji

    Its nice that “lo-menubar” brings the consistency in Libreoffice software too BUT it disappears “Window” menu. Any other way to bring this “Window” menu up? or way to bring freeze menu?

  16. Balaji

    Wove! I’ve found a way to get the “Freeze window” menu up!
    All you need to do is, just display it as icon for easy access. Here is how to…

    1) Open the Customize widow from LibreCalc menus : View->Toobars->Customize
    2) Then choose the “Toolbars” tab
    3) Then click “Add” button
    4) From the “Category”, choose “View” option
    5) Now in the “Commands” section, you will see so many commands. From here, choose “Freeze Window” and then click “Add” button.
    6) That’s it! Now you will see the “Freeze Window” icon in the top, among other icons! Enjoy!!


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