One of the least (in my opinion) popular features of the environment MATE is adding applet of Global menu applications. However, such an applet called TopMenu already exists. It is not yet in the official repositories, but there is a third party repository to install, created by Hungarian developer Alin Andrei, the Creator of the site http://www.webupd8.org/.
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Applet TopMenu is installed in environments MATE (version 1.8 and above) distributions: Linux Mint MATE 17, 17.1 and Ubuntu MATE 14.04/14.10.
It should be noted that in contrast to the Unity AppMenu, TopMenu not hidden automatically and it is always visible when the application is in focus.
Here are a couple of screen shots with the applet TopMenu (Global menu) surrounded by a MATE 1.8:
Installation into Linux Mint 17/17.1:
1. Run the following commands from terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/mate sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install libtopmenu-gtk2 libtopmenu-gtk3 libtopmenu-qt mate-topmenu
2. Once the installation TopMenu, log off and log on again. It is necessary to load modules TopMenu.
3. Adding applet TopMenu panel.
Click the right mouse button on the panel, context menu, select add to panel, activate the line with TopMenu Panel Applet and click Add:
4. Open any application, to display the Global menu panel. Right click on the applet TopMenu, in the context menu activate item to Attach to the panel, or after a new logon applet is not displayed: