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I know how to add quicklists for a standard launcher with a .desktop file in either ~/.local/share/applications or /usr/share/applications.

But I am trying to create a quicklist for the icon that appears when a blank disc (CDR/DVD) is inserted.

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I want Format for USB devices. – AliNa Aug 12 '13 at 0:19

A similar discussion took place in the Ayatana Mailing List. It is not possible to create a quicklist for mounted devices or CDs by just editing the .desktop files. You need to hard code this in Unity itself.

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Yes, that was me. Just seeing if the community knows how I could go about this myself. – edm Apr 2 '12 at 9:00
oh ok..You should then ask Didrocks or Omer Akram who work on Unity code themselves. They will be able to point you in the right direction. Contact them through IRC. – nik90 Apr 2 '12 at 9:21

You can edit any of those .desktop files, whichever one you plan on having on your Unity bar to feature your command as a right-click shortcut. You can edit an existing shortcut and change the icon.

To create a launcher that has the blank disc icon, you can do that graphically either in the menu editor (alacarte) or even using a Nautilus script, then find your blank disc icon (icon sets normally have them in the .../devices/ folder), or get a template for a .desktop file and put the path to that icon in the Icon= field. Since the launcher will have the blank disc icon, now you can use the existing quicklist examples as a template and add all the right-click shortcuts you like.

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I don't think this is right in this case. If I'm understanding the question, they want to be add entries to the quicklist for a mounted volume, specifically a blank CD, rather than adding an arbitrary launcher with a disk icon. Mounted volumes seem to occupy their own category in the Unity launcher, and I don't know of any way to edit their launcher entries. – Marius Apr 2 '12 at 6:57

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