Ubuntu – What Custom Launchers and Unity Quicklists are available

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Please note that right now, most of the information contained below is outdated and cannot be updated. Be careful, most of this won't work on Ubuntu 12.04 and newer.

Creating a custom launcher for Unity is simple. Quicklists provide an easy and efficient way to quickly access commonly used tasks for a specific application.

NOTE: Starting with Ubuntu 11.10, this popup option has vanished. Launchers can now only be created by editing text files in your home folder.

Creating a custom launcher is easy.

  1. Right-click on your desktop and click create a launcher.
  2. Edit the .desktop file using a text editor. (More information can be found here and here.)

So, which custom launchers do you use on Unity?

Note: Please limit yourself to one custom launcher per answer. Also, please provide a screenshot of it in action.

Best Answer

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    1. Copy 'Home Folder' launcher file to your home directory:

      mkdir ~/.local/share/applications
      cp /usr/share/applications/nautilus-home.desktop ~/.local/share/applications
      
    2. Open the file for editing in gedit:

      gedit ~/.local/share/applications/nautilus-home.desktop
      
    3. Delete the following line from the file:

      OnlyShowIn=GNOME;
      
    4. Add this text to the bottom of the file, then close and save:

      X-Ayatana-Desktop-Shortcuts=Videos;Documents;Music;Pictures;Downloads
      [Videos Shortcut Group]
      Name=Videos
      Exec=nautilus Videos
      TargetEnvironment=Unity
      
      [Documents Shortcut Group]
      Name=Documents
      Exec=nautilus Documents
      TargetEnvironment=Unity
      
      [Music Shortcut Group]
      Name=Music
      Exec=nautilus Music
      TargetEnvironment=Unity
      
      [Pictures Shortcut Group]
      Name=Pictures
      Exec=nautilus Pictures
      TargetEnvironment=Unity
      
      [Downloads Shortcut Group]
      Name=Downloads
      Exec=nautilus Downloads
      TargetEnvironment=Unity
      
    5. Log out and log in again to see the changes.

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