I have deleted user pi and have another user name in the sudo group for installation. I have locked the root account and don't know the password of my NOOBS image. I have created a 'normal' user.
using the sudo capable user i did the following in a terminal
sudo apt-get install emacs
the installer has put the emacs icon in 2 places on the start menu that's ok. The problem is there is no emacs icons on the 'normal' users start menu. Whilst logged on as the 'normal' user i can run emacs.
i thought the question was how do i manually add (and remove) items from the start menu? but it's actually why can't the 'normal' user not see the emacs24.desktop file in /usr/share/applications