no response in alacarte for checking boxes of menus

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http://askubuntu.com – I am using alacarte to edit the list of folder in the applications menu on the desktop. (in the items menu) There are menu entries in italics which are those that are hidden. When I press the check box, a check does appear, but the text remains in italics. The program is exited with the check box checked but the menu for applications is not changed (the folder is still not there). I tried to add an application to the folder in italics and to a folder not in italics (directing to a file), and there is no response to it. I also tried to make some changes by running the alacarte from the termin (HowTos)