Whenever I install a new program and it gets placed in a category on the Whisker Menu (e.g. "Education", "Development"), it always defaults to putting the program at the bottom of the categories that it goes in to. How can I make this default to alphabetical sorting?

MenuLibre, the tool used for editing these menus, has a button for sorting individual categories alphabetically, but this isn't a persistent setting - it's a one-off sort that has to be repeated for every new app and every category that it goes in to.

Note: I've seen some similar questions on AskUbuntu, but the situation appears to have changed since version 4.12.

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Possible solution:

  1. https://classicforum.manjaro.org/index.php?PHPSESSID=2eqq3rhlb8dgtc49t82unqn151&topic=19686.msg178794#msg178794 "Do this: right-click on the panel, navigate to Panel > Panel Preferences..., then change to the Items tab, and select the Window Buttons item. Click the settings button, and in the dialog that opens, change the Sorting order dropdown menu to "Timestamp"."


  1. https://forum.xfce.org/viewtopic.php?id=11791
  • I see no reason why this setting should matter. That setting is for the order of windows on your panel. This is, it controls stuff like "if both Firefox and Chrome are open, what order should they appear in?".
    – J. Mini
    Nov 11, 2020 at 13:28
  • @J.Mini - I am simply reproducing what others experimented and posted. At any rate, it costs nothing to check that. Nov 11, 2020 at 16:24
  • @J.Mini - Did this work for you? Nov 16, 2020 at 16:30
  • I never tested it. It's not the solution that I wanted, but I'll keep it in mind whenever I next install something.
    – J. Mini
    Nov 16, 2020 at 16:40
  • Finally tried this. I don't know if it works, but I simply find its side effects unbearable. Not being able to re-order windows is an insane limitation.
    – J. Mini
    Sep 3, 2022 at 13:28

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