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The menu of ArchLabs R2-D2 is an editable menu. Meaning you can edit it with geany or sublime-text. Delete the lines or add lines. That is how we change the menu’s. We normally do this manually but there is a gui present in your menu. Preferences / Openbox / GUI Menu Editor.
This file can be found here :


Menu.xml is a static file. You are in full control here. If you install something or remove something, you should edit this file to have it in your menu.

You do not need the menu to launch applications you just installed. This can be as easily done with one of these :

  • add plank in autostart
  • ALT +F2
  • ALT +F3
  • Super + F11
  • Super + F12
  • Super + Shift + D


But you have also the possibility to have an openbox menu that is generated on the spot. So a dynamic menu.

Everything you install or delete will change the content of the menu.

The screenshot below is an example of this dynamic or obmenu-generated menu. As you can see there are loads of accessories installed on ArchLabs.

Change from static menu to dynamic menu

Option 1 :

Switch names around in the ~/.config/openbox folder and then reconfigure openbox via the menu or CTRL + SHIFT + Backspace.




Option 2:

Type this command in the terminal.

obmenu-generator -p -c

This command will generated the exact same file as in option 1 and will even make a backup named menu.xml.bak.

Check out what else you can do with this application with

obmenu-generator -h

At the bottom you see where the configuration files are.

That is why we ask you to do a clean install. These personal configurations will change on every iso.

Read here why it is so important to do a clean install. It is what makes ArchLabs so awesome.

You can also create menu’s with icons if you like that. That is shown in this article.

It will take a bit longer to load the menu even with the best of cpu’s.