Unity’s launcher bar running down the left hand side of the screen is pretty awesome when it comes to quickly opening up your most common applications. Sitting at the top of this bar is of course your Home Folder button, which when clicked opens up, well, your home folder.
Now you can of course right click on any of the tiles in the launcher bar for more options (also known as a quicklist, basically a simplified context menu), but sadly the Home Folder tile comes with nothing more that the bog standard “Keep in launcher” menu option.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could extend this so-called Quicklist with more options, like your Music, Pictures and Downloads folders?
Well actually you can. But it does involve a little bit of work.
Open up a terminal and create a copy of the default Home Folder launcher file for your own profile, and then edit the newly created file with a text editor like gEdit:
cp /usr/share/applications/nautilus-home.desktop ~/.local/share/applications gedit ~/.local/share/applications/nautilus-home.desktop
Replace the existing content with the following text:
[Desktop Entry] Name=Home Folder Comment=Open your personal folder TryExec=nautilus Exec=nautilus --no-desktop Icon=user-home Terminal=false StartupNotify=true Type=Application Categories=GNOME;GTK;Core; OnlyShowIn=GNOME;Unity; X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Bugzilla=GNOME X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Product=nautilus X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Component=general X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Version=3.0.0 X-Ubuntu-Gettext-Domain=nautilus 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
Save and restart Unity by hitting Alt + F2 and then entering and running:
Nifty. (If the above Unity restart doesn’t achieve anything, simply log out and then log back in again!)
Of course, you can use the same technique to add links to other folders, like say for instance your Dropbox folder (which launches with the command nautilus Dropbox).