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How add a menu item with a menu key using an init.m

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  • Subject: [mg125096] How add a menu item with a menu key using an init.m
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 06:14:06 -0500 (EST)
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I want to add an item to the Insert menu that executes a particular 
kernel command and is activated by a particular shortcut key. And I want 
to do this _without_ modifying and of the .tr files in
$InstallationDirectory/SystemFiles/FrontEnd/TextResources but only by 
modifying files in the $UserBaseDirectory tree. (So that such changes 
will be preserved across version updates.)

I know that in principle one can do this by creating (or editing an 
existing) file:


Here's what I put there:

   FrontEnd`AddMenuCommands["Input from Above",
      {Delimiter,Item["Options &Explorer",

But nothing happens after a restart of Mathematica with clean cache.

What's wrong? Did I err in indicating the Insert menu's entry "Item from 
Above" referenced there? Or something else.

Note that the corresponding modification, instead, to would be:

   Item["Options &Explorer",
      MenuKey["o", Modifiers->{Control,Command}],

(This is specifically to invoke Yuri Kandrashkin's OptionsExplorer 
package. But of course my question has more general applicability.)

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