I have Lenovo TAB4 10 Plus tablet with Android 7.1.1 and I'm unable to change settings for some very old application because of missing menu button for them.

In Android 5 there was floating menu button (with 3 vertical dots), and there was also a possibility (in general options of OS) to change the behavior of the task button - long press on it opened the application menu.

But now there is no floating menu, no possibility to change the behavior of task button (nor home button, nor back button).

I tried the long press / double tap on all three buttons (home, back, task) but without success.

Is there some way to display menu for such old applications?


It's not a duplicate of the question How does one use apps that place a menu on the system bar when the buttons are not in the screen?, because I tried using both answers in the question but without a success - neither recommended procedures, nor the recommended application Menu Button helped me. The last one created the (new) menu button, but it opened Android settings, not the active application's menu.

  • Have you checked your device's settings? There might be a possibility to assign the "menu" action to one of your navigation keys. I e.g. did that for double-tapping the "home" key. – Izzy Oct 2 '18 at 16:28
  • @izzy, thanks, but I wrote in my question that I already tried it. – MarianD Oct 2 '18 at 16:55
  • Even nothing like that? I've just literally translated from my German settings – where it is the last item in the "device" section, after "user" and "motions" (and before "location"). Holds things for the nav-keys like duration of background light, how the on/off button or the volume keys should behave … – Izzy Oct 2 '18 at 20:38
  • @izzy, I have different menu items - "Locations" is in the "Personal" section, "Memory", "Battery", and "Users" are the last 3 menu items in the "Device" section. Thank your very much for your effort to help me, I think that I browsed all thing in Settings but found nothing similar to your advice. – MarianD Oct 2 '18 at 21:43
  • Sad – but if it's not there it cannot be used of course. Cleaning up comments a bit then. Good luck then with a non-root solution (though I doubt there is one)! – Izzy Oct 2 '18 at 23:43

This might help you: Xperia/AOSP NavBar Buttons. A pre requirement is root access and Xposed. I found only this alternative way for your device for the menu bar, but it might not worth.

Or try Custom Navigation Bar.

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    Is there something without need of rooted? Both your recommendation need rooted device and mine is not (and will not be). – MarianD Oct 2 '18 at 20:04
  • 2nd app Custom navigation bar doesn't required root so try it other xda will help you for sure. – Kirandeep Maan Oct 3 '18 at 1:19
  • From Custom Navigation Bar: "This requires a permission to be able to modify the navbar. You will need either root or a pc to grant it." - I don't know how to grand that permision from PC. Do you know? – MarianD Oct 3 '18 at 11:47
  • U want to root your device? – Kirandeep Maan Oct 3 '18 at 11:50
  • Did u give it permission from setting/Accessibility/custom navigation bar and turn switch on their to give permission to access it – Kirandeep Maan Oct 3 '18 at 11:53

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