No GUI way to enable menubar

Bug #1261369 reported by Jarno Suni on 2013-12-16
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thunar
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Bug Description

Only Ctrl-m works.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 13.10
Package: thunar 1.6.3-1ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.11.0-14.21-generic 3.11.7
Uname: Linux 3.11.0-14-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.12.5-0ubuntu2.1
Architecture: amd64
Date: Mon Dec 16 13:51:53 2013
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
InstallationDate: Installed on 2013-09-20 (87 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Lubuntu 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" - Release amd64 (20130423.1)
MarkForUpload: True
SourcePackage: thunar
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to saucy on 2013-10-18 (58 days ago)

1. /View/Menubar
2. Execute xfce4-settings-editor
3. Select "thunar"
3. Check "last-menubar-visible"

I think there should be a button with a menu like Midori has when its menu-bar is hidden.

In , 8-nick (8-nick) wrote :

There are F10, Ctrl+M.

When main menu is hidden, F10 displays a context menu with New Tab / Close Tab.
Some may accidentally select Menubar Ctrl+M and would not notice that they can restore the main menu by using Ctrl+M.

Jarno Suni (jarnos) wrote :

It would probably be more helpful if pressing the <alt> key would restore the menu temporarily, as it can be done in firefox and other apps.

Changed in thunar:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → Confirmed

Changed F10 to Alt_L in http://git.xfce.org/xfce/thunar/commit/?id=9283ed8fd5ff7c7cf7a089a528e26784a3a04eca

This seems to be standard in other apps, and it makes more sense because Alt+<key> is usually used for menu mnemonics (which still works). Many users do not know about F10 nor will they remember Ctrl+M, so if they play with hiding the menu bar or trigger it accidentally, then they might not have an idea how to restore it, which is great for support people. I will document this better later on the thunar wiki page.

After some more testing, I found unfortunately there is a problem with the patch and I will need to revert it.

When the menubar is hidden, shortcuts with the Alt modifier (like Alt + Left, Alt + Right) will perform their action correctly but toggle the menubar too, and it is not simple to prevent this, ruining the experience for users that like the menubar hidden. Changes in various places would be required to accomplish this, which makes it more complicated. I will think about a proper solution later.

Changed in thunar:
importance: Medium → Wishlist

*** Bug 12303 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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