Raspberry PI – adding start menu items

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How to add menu items to the start menu of your Raspberry PI?

The menu files for the start menu are stored in the directory:
/usr/share/applications
(with the .desktop extension)

Let’s say you want to add Processing to the ‘Programming‘ section of the start menu:

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  • create a 32 x 32 pixels .png icon for the application and save it to
    /usr/share/pixmaps/
  • create a new desktop file:
    sudo nano /usr/share/applications/Processing.desktop
  • enter the following lines of text:
    [Desktop Entry]
    Type=Application
    Name=Processing
    Comment=Processing programming language
    Icon=/usr/share/pixmaps/processing.png
    Exec=/home/pi/processing-1.5.1/processing
    Terminal=false
    Categories=Development;
  • restart the lxde environment by typing:
    lxpanelctl restart

Thanks to:
http://lkubaski.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/adding-lxde-start-menu-and-desktop-shortcuts/