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Whisker Menu is an application menu / launcher for Xfce that features a search function so you can easily find the application you want to launch. The menu supports browsing apps by category, you can add applications to favorites and more.

Whisker Menu 1.4.0

The tool is used as the default Xubuntu application menu starting with the latest 14.04 release and in Linux Mint Xfce starting with version 15 (Olivia).

Whisker Menu was updated to version 1.4.0 recently, getting some interesting changes:
  • added option to switch position of categories and launchers;
  • added waiting for grabs;
  • allow modifier as shortcut;
  • added padding to username;
  • added single panel row option;
  • added about entry to context menu;
  • the applications are now loaded immediately;
  • recognize keypad enter as return for searching;
  • the menu window type hint is now set to DIALOG;
  • translation updates.

Install / upgrade to the latest Whisker Menu in Xubuntu or Linux Mint

The Whisker Menu PPA was updated to the latest 1.4.0 version recently and you can use to both upgrade to the latest version obviously, as well as to install the tool in (X)Ubuntu versions for which Whisker Menu isn't available in the official repositories (supported versions: Ubuntu 14.04, 13.10 and 12.04 and the corresponding Linux Mint versions).

Note: I've only tested the latest Whisker Menu 1.4.0 in Xubuntu 14.04.

To add the Whisker Menu PPA and install / update the application, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gottcode/gcppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin

If you've already had an older Whisker Menu version installed, you'll also need to restart the Xfce panel (or log out and log back in) to get the latest version:
xfce4-panel --restart

If this is a new Whisker Menu installation, add the menu to the panel by right clicking the panel and selecting: Panel > Add New Items, then select "Whisker Menu" and click "Add".

If you're not using Ubuntu / Linux Mint, grab Whisker Menu from HERE.

Arch Linux: install Whisker Menu via AUR.