In the Gnome tweak tool, there is a Appearance section. In there, there SHOULD be a Applications dropdown menu. However, (and IDK whether this a Gnome 42 thing) there is no Applications menu. Please help, and I am willing to try different alternatives to GNOME Tweak Tool.

Oh and I use Arch. (seriously, no joke)

Here is a screenshot: GNOME Tweaks with a missing dropdown...

  • That's of odd. Could you post a screenshot of GNOME Tweaks? Also what version is it?
    – telometto
    Commented Aug 15, 2022 at 9:12
  • Ok, I am using GNOME Tweaks 42.beta (hmm, Arch Linux DOES have a habit of getting beta stuff) Commented Aug 15, 2022 at 15:19

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The extensions management has been moved to a out of gnome-tweaks and into its own application: gnome-extensions-app (at least that's what it's called in Fedora). if you install gnome-extensions-app, you can find 'Applications Menu' there, as you can see from the screenshot below. GNOME Extensions application

If you can't find 'Applications Menu' there, you'll have to manually install it. I do not know if Arch Linux ships it in their repos - if not - you can install it from the official GNOME Extensions website.

  • Oh, sorry, I wasn't clear. But in the Appearance section like you see in my screenshot was supposed to have a Applications dropdown for theming, not for getting the MATE-like menu up top. Commented Aug 15, 2022 at 16:27
  • Hold on. I'll check on my PC.
    – telometto
    Commented Aug 15, 2022 at 16:30
  • @AaravGupta Mine looks the same as yours. They've removed the old one and replaced it with what we're both using now ('Legacy Applications' ). Are you experiencing trouble with your themes or something?
    – telometto
    Commented Aug 15, 2022 at 16:35
  • Yup Some apps are just using the normal theme, instead of the theme I would prefer, which I was assuming was a result of not having a Applications dropdown... in the Appearance section. Commented Aug 15, 2022 at 16:50
  • That may be an issue with the theme itself... have you checked that the theme supports GTK4? AFAIK, some themes need to be split up into different folders: ~/.config/gtk-3.0, ~/.config/gtk-4.0, and ~/.themes. Also, as an addendum, Flatpaks do not like custom themes.
    – telometto
    Commented Aug 15, 2022 at 17:08

See https://github.com/GNOME/gnome-tweaks/blob/master/NEWS

and https://stackoverflow.com/questions/71819004/gnome-tweaks-42-removes-duplicate-settings

Just downloaded Orchis gtk theme from gnome-look.org. Applied using Tweaks --> Appearance --> Legacy Applications.
In the second link is mention of GTK_THEME. As an example, try

GTK_THEME=Sweet-Dark gnome-calculator &

or any other preferred theme. It will only apply to gnome-calculator.

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