If you upgraded your Ubuntu system to 11.10 and are in the Classic desktop, you’d be wondering where a whole bunch of useful settings launchers got to. If you avoided Unity in 11.04 in favour of your old familiar Gnome desktop (2.x), you would have noticed the new Gnome Shell (3.2) is quite different, and that the System menu in the top panel is no longer there. You can access System Settings by clicking your name in the top-right, but many useful apps are missing.
But those launchers that used to reside in Preferences and Administration still exist (at least most of them), but you can be forgiven if you didn’t see them in your Applications menu. Rather than do the obvious thing and stick them in System Tools, or even Accessories, they now exist in Other.
If you can’t see that sub-menu, right-click Applications, choose Edit Menus, and unhide Other.
Are you looking for a missing Applications menu? This tip is for those with a working panel who want to find the System menu after upgrading their Classic desktop to Gnome 3. If something is amiss with your panel, you should check out this article on how to repair your Classic panel.