I would like to restore the horizontal style in-application menu bar in KDE Plasma 5. Somehow I ended up with a single "control" menu item like this:

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Using that requires two mouse clicks instead of one.

What I would like is the horizontal style in-application menu (just below the title bar) like this:

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What are the steps for switching back?

The other questions on this topic discuss Global Menus, which I do not believe is related to my question about in-application menus. I am not using global (Unity or Mac style) menus.

Other questions / answers I looked at include:

Pressing CTRL-M does not resolve it. That appears to be a different issue. I have a menu, it's just not the one I want.

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Operating System: Kubuntu 19.04
KDE Plasma Version: 5.15.5
KDE Frameworks Version: 5.57.0
Qt Version: 5.12.2
Kernel Version: 5.0.0-15-generic
OS Type: 64-bit

I've checked with Dolphin, Kate and Gwenview.

I think the problem is with the ☰ button in your title bar. Its presence suppresses the appearance of the horizontal menu.

Remove it by opening System Settings > Application Style > Window Decorations > Buttons tab and dragging the ☰ button off your title bar into the space below.

In Kate and Gwenview, the horizontal menu now can be toggled on/off with Ctrl+M.

In Dolphin, now Ctrl+M toggles between the horizontal menu and the Control (☰) button.


And it's the same with the Fedora 30 KDE Spin:

Operating System: Fedora 30
KDE Plasma Version: 5.15.5
KDE Frameworks Version: 5.58.0
Qt Version: 5.12.1
Kernel Version: 5.0.17-300.fc30.x86_64
OS Type: 64-bit
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    Doesn't work for me :-(. KDE Neon, Plasma 5.18.2 Apr 2, 2020 at 9:53
  • @david.perez maybe post a separate question explaining what you have done and what doesn't work (with a couple of images)?
    – DK Bose
    Apr 2, 2020 at 10:00
  • Solved, after removing a 2nd taskbar panel in my secondary monitor Apr 6, 2020 at 8:11
  • I wanted to add that I was having this problem and it worked, but I had to completely close and re-open the affected programs. Aug 3, 2020 at 19:08
  • Thank you! Yout Ctrl+M shortcut saved me lot of frustration. Jan 3 at 21:38

In System Settings -> Workspace -> Startup and Shutdown -> Background Services, uncheck the "Application menus daemon" then log out and back into Plasma again

From: https://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=167547&p=436510&hilit=horizontal+menu#p436510

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