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How To Add Favorite Folder Quicklist To Home Icon On Ubuntu 11.10

Here is a guide that will add the Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos folder to the Home folder icon when clicking on it with your right mouse button.


First copy the ‘Home Folder’ launcher file to the .local/share/applications folder in your home directory. To do this open a terminal window (press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy+paste the follwoing line:

cp /usr/share/applications/nautilus-home.desktop ~/.local/share/applications


To open the file copy+paste the follwoing line:

gedit ~/.local/share/applications/nautilus-home.desktop


And replace the text with the text shown below

[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-Ubuntu-Gettext-Domain=nautilus

X-Ayatana-Desktop-Shortcuts=Documents;Downloads;Music;Pictures;Videos
[Documents Shortcut Group]
Name=Documents
Exec=nautilus Documents
TargetEnvironment=Unity


[Downloads Shortcut Group]
Name=Downloads
Exec=nautilus Downloads
TargetEnvironment=Unity

[Music Shortcut Group]
Name=Music
Exec=nautilus Music
TargetEnvironment=Unity

[Pictures Shortcut Group]
Name=Pictures
Exec=nautilus Pictures
TargetEnvironment=Unity

[Videos Shortcut Group]
Name=Videos
Exec=nautilus Videos
TargetEnvironment=Unity


When done save and close the file, logout and back in again for the changes to take effect. When Logged in click with your right mouse on the Home folder icon and click on the folder you want to open.

If you get the message that the nautilus-home.desktop file doesn’t exist you need to make it yourself. First check if the applications folder exists in your .local/share folder. Click on the Home folder icon and press Ctrl+H to show the hidden files and folders. Click on the .local -> share folders and look for the applications folder. To make the applications folder click with your right mouse button and select Create New Folder and name it applications. Open the applications folder and click with your right mouse button and select Create New Document -> Empty Document. Now copy+paste the text into the empty file and when done save the file as nautilus-home.desktop and when done close the file and logout and back in again.

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