unity-menu in gimp and libre office writer greys out active entries

Bug #1263205 reported by Killozap on 2013-12-20
This bug affects 3 people
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unity-gtk-module (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

There seem to be a problem with interaction between some programs (in my case Libre Office and Gimp in the versions that come with Ubtunt 13.10) and the menu. In libre office it is not possible to save a text although it has been altered by the menu, but it is possible to save by the shortcut STRG-S.

In Gimp after some changes on a graphic almost any menu-entries are greyed out, but it is possible to get to these menus with the internal menu in Gimp One window-mode.

Checked this on a notebook and on a second fresh install done some minutes ago.

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Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) on 2013-12-24
affects: ubuntu → unity-gtk-module (Ubuntu)
Tim Passingham (tim-8aw3u04umo) wrote :

I have the same problem on 13.10, LibreOffice

Tim Passingham (tim-8aw3u04umo) wrote :

I have reported to LibreOffice, but they are knocking it back to ubuntu, since the non-unity standard LO doesn't seem to have a problem.

Tim Passingham (tim-8aw3u04umo) wrote :

I found that with Libreoffice if I changed something, opened the menu, save and undo were greyed out. If I moved away from the menu and then went back to it, save and undo were now available.

Further, the shortcut underlines do not appear in the menu. This is a source of considerable grief to me, as in 'Good Grief!'.

I have got round this by uninstalling 'indicator-appmenu'. Menus go back to the top of each window, and work properly. I have been trying to adjust to unity menus, but if the menus don't work properly I can't possibly do so.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in unity-gtk-module (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
mnc2 (silvio-monaco) wrote :

Hello, would like to share the workaround I applied, it works smoothly!
Just a workaround though: disable the global menu, so that each application having its own menu bar.

sudo apt-get remove indicator-appmenu


John McCabe-Dansted (gmatht) wrote :

A similar workaround is to run e.g.
instead of gimp etc. if you like the appmenu and only want to disable it on particular applications that give trouble.

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