File Menu vanished from all applications, dolphin, pulsar, konsole, everything

Operating System: Manjaro Linux 
KDE Plasma Version: 5.27.7
KDE Frameworks Version: 5.108.0
Qt Version: 5.15.10
Kernel Version: 6.5.0-1-MANJARO (64-bit)
Graphics Platform: X11
Processors: 16 × AMD Ryzen 7 5700G with Radeon Graphics
Memory: 62.7 GiB of RAM
Graphics Processor: AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
Manufacturer: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd.
Product Name: MS-7C56
System Version: 2.0

my .config/systemsettingsrc file has an entry in it called MenuBar=Disabled, which we think is causing it. Removing the line or changined Disabled to Enabled has no effect and upon relogin, the line is back and showing as Disabled.

Also in Dolphin the burgermenu->more->show menu bar with actions is not there.

I did create a new user, and the new user has the menubar with file edit view menus all in the right places for all applications.

Thanks for help in advance. :slight_smile:

Hit Ctrl+M in affected apps to get the menubar back.

This can be caused by adding and later deleting a Global Menu widget. See 439266 – Apps' in-window menubars do not become visible again after removing a global menu applet


It might be the applications menu hamburger being on your titlebar. Right click any KDE application icon on the left side of the window title bar, then click “more actions/Configure Window Manager”. Then on the page that opens up, click the “Titlebar Buttons” tab at the top center, then see if the Application Menu icon is on it. If so, simply drag it back off onto the space below. Click Apply.

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Thank you, both @ngraham and @shadow, by your help combined I was able to get the file menu back.

@shadow note that in general I don’t recommend this. The hamburger menu button is meant to appear when the menubar is hidden; in fact it hides automatically when the menubar is visible. If you manually remove the hamburger menu from the toolbar, then the next time the menubar is hidden–deliberately or because of this bug–you’ll have ho hamburger menu button either.

The behavior may have changed between 25 and 27, but it used to be that you had to add it to the title bar deliberately, and the recommended way to remove it was as I described. I ran into this problem myself with Davinci Resolve, 6 months ago, which doesn’t use a title bar, but also does not make adjustments for a global menuless WM like Firefox. It may be automagic now, but I figured it might help get his menus back.

@ngraham , @shadow was talking about the “Application Menu” entry in the kwin title bar, while you were talking about the application tool bar hamburger menu (“Open Menu” action) - these are two different things.

I’m not actually sure what does the kwin title bar button “Application Menu” is supposed to do - from its icon it seems like it is supposed to behave like the toolbar “Open Menu” action, but when I put it in the title bar - nothing shows, regardless if whether I have the main menu, the hamburger menu, or neither. :person_shrugging:

I recall taking a look at the hide menus feature, as I wanted to clean up and hide all the menus, but I do not remember how I set it. I just remember that it was easier to set than remove when it interfered with some programs, and I had to do the above to get the menus back. IIRC it was not set by dragging, but clicking somewhere… perhaps in System Settings.

Oh, my mistake. So many options for where to see menus!