Thunderbird missing top menus

leszek.lesner at leszek.lesner at
Thu Dec 6 07:04:47 UTC 2012

What yoz desxribe about audacity is a known bug in the app itself and has nothing todo with thunderbird. 
Von meinem Nokia N9 gesendet

Aere Greenway schrieb am 06.12.12 02:24:


I think this problem may be more widespread than just in Thunderbird mail.  

Yesterday, in using the "Audicity"  application (an audio recorder/editor), I specified a change in "edit...preferences", and on hitting the "OK" button to make the change, almost all of the menu bar disappeared (only the first few letters of the "File" menu remained).  

I did notice it responded to Alt-F (to get the "File" menu), so it appears to respond to keyboard access, but Audacity has a number of unusual menu names (which are essential, yet I couldn't guess what keys might be used to access them).  

So I terminated it, and on bringing it back up, the menu bar re-appeared (whew!).  

I am thinking this problem might be something a lot of applications are being 'gifted' with from GTK3.  

One of the main reasons I now use Lubuntu is because of the "disappearing menus" feature of the Unity desktop.  But now, unfortunately, like a bad dream that you can't escape, it appears to be coming to get me, even while using Lubuntu!  

I am seriously thinking of re-installing Lubuntu 12.04, and switching back to that, in hopes that the problems with 12.10 eventually get sorted out.  I already installed Lubuntu 12.04 on my daughters' machines (rather than 12.10) for similar reasons (specifically, the loss-of-focus problems with Java applications).  

My worst-case fall-back would be to switch to Ubuntu Studio 12.04 for everything (not just audio-production).  That is a long-term-support release, so it will last a long time.  


-----Original Message-----
From: Leszek Lesner <leszek.lesner at>
To: lubuntu-users at
Subject: Re: Thunderbird missing top menus
Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2012 19:50:33 +0100

Am Mittwoch, 28. November 2012, 13:18:12 schrieb Lars Noodén:
> On 11/28/2012 01:07 PM, Leszek Lesner wrote:
> > Am Mittwoch, 28. November 2012, 12:19:23 schrieb Lars Noodén:
> >> On 11/28/12, John Hupp <lubuntu at> wrote:
> >>> press Alt-F to see if the File menu appears.
> >> 
> >> I hadn't thought to try that, it does show the menus.  Very strange.
> >> They all disappear again when anything is pressed.  This makes
> >> Thunderbird usable but very awkward in that the keyboard must be used
> >> not just the mouse alone.
> > 
> > Perhaps thunderbird ships with a unity global menu plugin that keeps
> > activating itself.
> > Try to take a look in the addons manager and disable anything that stated
> > to be a global menu integration or unity integration.
> There were two add-ons that seemed related to Unity, but turning them
> off and restarting Thunderbird did nothing to affect the menus.
> Regards,
> /Lars

As I had some time now to check on it again here a possible solution: 

Seems to be a new "feature" to integrate menu in titlebar which can be 
disabled by disabling "mail.tabs.drawInTitlebar" from Preferences -> Advanced 
-> Gernal -> Config Editor 


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