Does the Pantheon desktop support:

  • 'windowshading' of open windows?
  • Popup menus?

I haven't been able to determine this from anything online, and would like to find out without doing a full installation of Elementary.


  • As for window shading, if I remember correctly yes. But, what do you mean by popup menus?
    – RolandiXor
    Feb 14, 2016 at 21:04
  • Some desktops (such as xfce) create (or let you create) a menu that will appear when you left click anywhere on the desktop. It's an alternative to launching applications from a menu bar or dock. It's an old mechanism, but the one I like best.
    – zeke14
    Feb 15, 2016 at 1:24
  • those are usually called desktop menus.
    – RolandiXor
    Feb 16, 2016 at 13:52
  • there is a plugin for plank (included by default, but hidden) that provides such menu
    – jena
    Apr 7, 2020 at 10:57

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Pantheon supports Window Shading (to my memory), but not Desktop Menus (what you are calling popup menus).

Slingshot provides that purpose. You however mimic this functionality (almost) by using keyboard shortcut to open Slingshot (slingshot-launcher) at any location on the desktop.

  • @zeke14 it's the standard application launcher on the Pantheon Desktop (what you get when you click "Applications"). I would provide a screenshot but I am not on elementary at the moment.
    – RolandiXor
    Feb 17, 2016 at 19:12

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