I'm using Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia" Cinnamon in French.

The taskbar menu has many programs already existing on fresh install, and I wanted to rename one of then, let's say the driver manager (French name: Gestionnaire de pilotes).

On the menu editor, I can find this program: its name is Gestionnaire de pilotes, but if I click "Properties", I can see that the name appears as Driver Manager, and if I change that name, nothing happens: the French name is still the same.

Here is the menu editor entry : display name is not the real name

So, where can I find the French name of the driver manager in order to modify it?

  • Certainment, you may pose such questions here, but you may find an answer more quickly by searching in Mint Support forums.linuxmint.com if you wish. Welcome to StackExchange!
    – K7AAY
    Apr 9, 2020 at 17:45
  • Thanks for the advice, but to be honest I laterally never had any answer when asking on mint forum, I don't know why. I addition to that, I find it harder to search if the question already exists on traditional forum than on stackExchange
    – sayanel
    Apr 12, 2020 at 7:57

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Desktop launchers are stored in /usr/share/applications/ or ~/.local/share/applications/. Find launcher you want edit and open it in text editor. You will see entries named Name[<lang>]=<name> and GenericName[<lang>]=<name>.

For example in vlc.desktop:

Name[en_GB]=VLC media player
GenericName[en_GB]=Media player
Name[fr]=Lecteur multimédia VLC
GenericName[fr]=Lecteur multimédia

Change entries with fr and save your file.

Then run update-desktop-database as root.

  • Thanks, it works perfectly. Whats the difference between Name and GenericName (I noticed not all launchers have a GenericName?
    – sayanel
    Apr 10, 2020 at 11:25
  • @sayanel, in some desktop environments you can choose, what to prefer. Then you can see, for example, generic "Media player" instead of the exact name "VLC media player".
    – BlueManCZ
    Apr 10, 2020 at 11:29

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