I usually use GNOME as a desktop for Debian and when I install a program like Terminator via apt I can immediately find it in the drop-down menu and drag a shortcut to it in the toolbar if I like.

I decided to try Cinnamon with a Debian VM I created, however I'm unable to find any of the programs I've installed via apt in the menu.

The programs are there, because I can run them from the command line. Launching them from the command line is not preferable though, both because it takes longer than clicking a shortcut and because it makes it such that I have to keep the original terminal running while using whatever program I launch from it.

Is there either a way to make these programs automatically show up in the menu or can I find them in the filesystem somewhere and add a toolbar shortcut that way? Terminator is suitable for an example. I tried finding it with find and by looking in bin but I didn't see it.


There's a bug here for that issue.

Options are to:

  1. Log out and back in again.
  2. Press Alt+F2 then press r then Enter to restart Cinnamon.
  • That explains it, thanks. Just for the record when I tried #2 it resulted in the background turning black and the taskbar disappearing, so I guess it had some trouble restarting. – Hack-R May 20 '16 at 13:50
  • That's odd. I've used it a few times and not noticed that. However, I'm using a different distro. – garethTheRed May 20 '16 at 14:06

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.