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Bug 172749 - Right click on Places menu items should open context menu
Right click on Places menu items should open context menu
Product: gnome-panel
Classification: Other
Component: general
Other All
: Normal enhancement
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Assigned To: Panel Maintainers
Panel Maintainers
: 316302 329350 344447 345197 461504 495232 585033 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2005-04-05 22:27 UTC by Lionel Dricot
Modified: 2011-03-29 05:08 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: Unversioned Enhancement

Suggested mokup (15.14 KB, image/png)
2005-07-29 07:14 UTC, Lionel Dricot
Nautilus sporting an eject icon next to the device name (30.93 KB, image/png)
2008-07-29 20:43 UTC, David Prieto
Mockup (32.31 KB, image/png)
2008-07-29 20:45 UTC, David Prieto
Mockup (31.94 KB, image/png)
2008-07-29 20:46 UTC, David Prieto

Description Lionel Dricot 2005-04-05 22:27:42 UTC
When you right click on a mounted volume in the places menu, you should see the
same menu as when you right click on this mounted volume on the desktop.

For now, right click behaviour is the same as left click, which is inconsistent.
It's also very boring to eject a CD if you don't display mounted volumes on the

Other information:
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Comment 1 Jason Day 2005-07-28 21:46:45 UTC
Yes, the right-click does something different than what is expected, which is
even worse than it doing nothing. I would take this further and allow the
right-click for other bookmarks in the menu (and DnD, if possible), i.e.
right-click the desktop bookmark and view it's properties, copy it, etc.
Comment 2 Lionel Dricot 2005-07-29 07:14:06 UTC
Created attachment 49913 [details]
Suggested mokup

theturner have proposed this mokup on Ubuntuforums (see )

It's really a good idea and pretty cool :-)
Comment 3 Vincent Untz 2005-08-18 16:07:23 UTC
Lionel: that's nice, but... wow... it totally breaks the way menus are working :-)
Right click menu is better.
Comment 4 Lionel Dricot 2005-08-24 22:04:00 UTC
Vincent : indeed, I don't want gnome to be another "start-menu-operating-system"
like others. ;-)

Right click is consistent enough 
Comment 5 Sebastien Bacher 2005-11-18 10:46:57 UTC
*** Bug 316302 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 6 Raphael Bosshard 2005-11-18 14:04:01 UTC
It may break the way menus work today, but it's very intuitiv. The context-
menu is not very discoverable. Also I've never seen context menues on menu-
lists. It's not consistent either.
Comment 7 Gabriel Burt 2006-01-31 08:14:11 UTC
This same problem affects all items in the Places menu...if you right click on one of those folders, thinking you'll get a context menu (since you get context menus in the Applications menu)'ll be surprised.  Renaming the bug since it's more general than the title hints.
Comment 8 Olav Vitters 2006-01-31 16:27:59 UTC
*** Bug 329350 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 9 Lionel Dricot 2006-05-25 09:53:25 UTC
This feature request could be extended to the recend document list :

"It would be great if one could get the normal Nautilus right-click menu when they right-click on a document in the "recent documents" list. I wanted to "open with" on one of them and was disappointed that it wasn't possible."
Comment 10 Teppo Turtiainen 2006-06-15 05:09:56 UTC
*** Bug 344447 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 11 Sebastien Bacher 2006-12-10 17:57:14 UTC
Ubuntu bug about that:
Comment 12 Vincent Untz 2007-01-15 12:38:02 UTC
*** Bug 345197 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 13 Pedro Villavicencio 2007-07-29 23:05:38 UTC
*** Bug 461504 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 14 Mathias Dahl 2008-03-08 16:36:58 UTC
I also noticed the lack of RMB support in Places -> Recent Documents today. To me it would seem natural to be able to do the same things here as I could on the file in Nautilus. As it is now I can only "open" the found entries, not do delete, or rename or Open With. It would be really nice if this worked because Recent Documents is one handy way to find files you have been working with.


Comment 15 Vincent Untz 2008-05-20 20:19:55 UTC
*** Bug 495232 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 16 David Prieto 2008-07-29 20:43:11 UTC
Created attachment 115515 [details]
Nautilus sporting an eject icon next to the device name

Now that Nautilus has an eject icon next to the devices in the Places sidebar, it would make more sense than ever to have it on the Places menu too.
Comment 17 David Prieto 2008-07-29 20:45:18 UTC
Created attachment 115517 [details]

By hovering the cursor or pressing the direction keys, you can highlight the device name. If you click or press enter, you open a nautilus window (same old behaviour).
Comment 18 David Prieto 2008-07-29 20:46:32 UTC
Created attachment 115518 [details]

Then, if you press right or hover the cursor over the icon, it gets highlighted. if you click or press enter, the device gets unmounted.
Comment 19 David Prieto 2009-03-19 09:59:39 UTC
Any thoughts on this?
Comment 20 Philip Withnall 2009-06-07 08:35:57 UTC
*** Bug 585033 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 21 Martin Mai 2009-07-09 14:16:57 UTC
Rightclic on Menuitems works and is implemented for "Applications" and "System".

1. Browse "Applications -> Accessories"
2. Rightclick on "Calculator"
3. A menu pops up, giving you a few options

It shouldn't be too hard to implement that for plugged devices in "Places"...

The problem I see is the duplication of this feature. You can unmount devices...

1. ...on the desktop by rightclicking the device icon.
2. nautilus by rightclicking the device icon in the side pan
3. nautilus by clicking the eject icon next to the device in the side pane
4. nautilus /media/ by rightclicking on the device folder

And now you want enother way which would some it up to 5 ways (maybe there are even more), which is too much, I think. We should rather consider a way to display devices more intuitiv.

Comment 22 Marcus Carlson 2009-08-16 15:15:30 UTC
I could give this a try when I've got feedback from patch in [1] - context menu in recent menu. But I'd like to know what options should be available. 

Comment 23 Vincent Untz 2011-03-29 05:08:24 UTC
I've dropped context menus in applications menu anyway, since this breaks with GTK+ 3 and it was always a bit broken (not possible to have popup for items with a submenu)