Lancelot Menu Style

Lancelot is one of three menu styles for KDE, the K Desktop Environment. It is similar in some respects to mintMenu of Linux Mint, but with a lot more features and a lot more configurable options. This article is written to showcase all the features of this menu, which is developed and maintained by Ivan Čukić.

The screenshots used in this article were taken from an installation of Pardus 2011.1. (See Pardus 2011.1 review.)

Our first screenshot shows a default view of Lancelot. Aside from the buttons column, there are two main visible columns – the Favorites and Applications Category column. You can make the buttons column narrower by right-clicking on any of the button icons and selecting the only available option.
Lancelot Default Menu

Which gives you this view. Notice that the buttons column is now narrower. You can remove an application from the Favorites column by right-clicking on its name and selecting the only available option.
Lancelot on Pardus 2011

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If desktop real estate is really at a premium, you can configure Lancelot to show the buttons inside the applet, that is, right next to the menu icon on the panel. Doing that gives you this view.
Lancelot Menu Style

When you click on an application category, it collapses into the space originally occupied by the Favorites column, revealing the applications under it. To add an application to the Favorites column, right-click on it and choose the only available option.
Lancelot Menu

The next three screenshots show Lancelot’s configuration options, which you can access by right-clicking on the menu’s icon. This screenshot shows that you have a choice of icons and that you may opt to have the menu open simply by mousing over it.
Lancelot Settings

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And this one shows the activation options. Categories may be activated on hover or by clicking.

There are several search plugins enabled by default. You can choose to search Wikipedia and other Web-based sources straight from the menu’s search box.

This just shows the menu’s search box in use.
Pardus 2011.1 Dama Dama Desktop

Lancelot can be configured to open categories in a popup menu, and this screenshot shows just how that looks.
Lancelot Menu on Pardus 2011.1 Dama Dama

And here is what happens if you click on a sub-subcategory. This ability to open categories in a popup is an experimental feature, but it seems to work quite well.
Lancelot Menu on Pardus Desktop 2011.1 Dama Dama

Lancelot is not perfect, but it is so much better than the alternatives that you should at least take it for a spin. Let us know what you think.

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