Dolphin's AppMenu displays "No text" but clickable to sub-menu items

Hey folks, hoping someone might be able to point me in the right direction. I'm running Garuda Dragonized, and fully up-to-date on system and package updates.

Using latte-dock, the top-bar has a "Window AppMenu" widget which displays the active window's menubar options. Most all other apps play nice, and will display their respective menubar options. FireDragon, for example, displays "File", "Edit", "View", "History", etc when it's the active foreground window. Clicking on each of these menu headings will display the sub-menu with the clickable options. This menu will change for each app that's in the active/focus state.

I recently noticed, however, that Dolphin displays 5 "No text" menu items, followed by "Settings" and "Help". I confirmed that Dolphin's language is set to "U.S. English" as primary (read somewhere that other localized languages may display "No text" if that menu string isn't available in the localized language).

I dug around the "Window AppMenu" widget's config, and didn't see any setting that looked like it would fix this. I also dug around all of Dolphin's configuration settings, and either I'm missing it, or it doesn't exist there.

I just, cannot for the life of me, figure out how to get it to display the proper menubar text for each menu heading, instead of "No text". The "No text" is clickable, and the respective menu items appear in the submenu and can be clicked on.

Here's a screenshot of what it looks like:

Dolphin Menubar Screenshot

inxi -Faz output just in case
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Anyone have any ideas how to fix this? Thanks in advance!

Really strange! Everything seems to be fine for me, on a similar configuration.
The only suggestion I can think of is try reinstalling Dolphin, since the problem doesn't seem to be on the Window Appmenu widget side...
Here, it seems to have been a problem in a previous version (I have 21.08.1-1):

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Thanks, just tried renaming the dolphinrc file to see if it was that. No change. Reinstalled Dolphin - didn't fix it either.

So weird. I didn't modify the theme in any way, so not sure how this could have happened. I mean, it's annoying, but still functional....hopefully it'll automagically get fixed in another update - unless someone knows how to fix this :smiley: lol

EDIT: I just noticed that the hamburger menu ALSO displays "No text" when I click on "For 26 more actions" it opens a side-menu, with all "No text" then the last option shows "Settings". So weird..... don't know where to even begin troubleshooting this....


Went to submit a bug to and discovered a similar issue with Okular that someone submitted: 387673 – menu headings corrupt, showing "no text"

I did, in fact, configure the dolphin toolbar, but then reverted the changes, but it seemed to have permanently broken this menu display.

Ok, kinda figured out how to fix it. Found in an old reddit thread, that there's a separate file that manages the toolbar located here: ~/.local/share/kxmlgui5/[kde application] in my case it was ~/.local/share/kxmlgui5/dolphin/dolphinui.rc which I backed up and then deleted the dolphinui.rc file and re-ran dolphin and now the menubar appears with the proper heading labels.

This feels like a bizarre issue, as we should be able to modify the toolbar without losing the menu headings.

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I marked it as solved.
A solution, bizarre but solution :wink:
And a good catch indeed!

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I mean, I wouldn't call this a solution - it's really just a reset. If one configures their toolbar to anything other than the default toolbar config, this is what happens to the menu heading labels. I can confirm this occurs in Okular as well. Haven't tested other KDE apps, but this seems to be a running issue. Anyone else can confirm a similar issue?

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I tried to play around a little bit with the toolbars of Dolphin and Okular but the issue didn't occur here.
Never mind, at least we have a workaround for those who might run into the problem in the future.


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