Is there a way to rebuild Linux Mint .desktop files from scratch?

Which app generates the Linux Mint menu items and monitors additions and edits to the desktop files?
I would like to recreate the menus from scratch. Any info is much appreciated.

Are you using Cinnamon DE?
If so there are two ways you can do that.

  1. Right click the menu icon and select Configure>Menu tab>Then Menu Editor about halfway down the page that comes up. You can edit any menu Item there.
  2. You can manually edit each .desktop file in /usr/share/applications (Note you have to have root privileges to do that.) And again believe you would have to do it one app at a time.

Iā€™m curious what is it you wish to change about the menu?

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