How to add a menu item visible for ALL users?

Waldo Bastian bastian at
Fri Nov 28 21:32:40 GMT 2003

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On Fri November 28 2003 18:06, Mark Hellman wrote:
> I would like to install an application and add a shortcut to it on the KDE
> menu for *all users* to see. In our case, we have hundreds of users, so
> this cannot be done individually. will give you a nice introduction in how 
KDE organizes it files.

The menu is constructed from the directory structure that can be found under 
/etc/opt/kde3/share/applnk/ If you copy a .desktop file there it will be 
picked up for all users on that machine. Alternatively you can also use 
/opt/kde3/share/applnk/ You may need to make sub-directories first.

For example, to add a menu-entry to the "Multimedia" menu you could copy a .
desktop file to either /etc/opt/kde3/share/applnk/Multimedia/ or to 

There is also a new way, new in SuSE 9.0 and soon in KDE 3.2. For that way you 
can copy the .desktop file to /usr/share/applications and add a 
Categories=xxx line to the .desktop file. The category then determines in 
which menu the file shows up. You will have a 
/opt/kde3/share/applnk/ file that determines
which categories are shown in which menus.

See for the 
complete story.

> And what about adding a shortcut to the Panel Menu for all users? How can
> this be done?

What exactly do you mean with "Panel Menu" ?

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