I like other applications in my Message-Menu (e.g. Thunderbird, XChat, Skype), so I have created hortcuts for those applications in folder
To avoid restoring those shortcuts after every fresh install of Ubuntu, I would like to know if there is a user-related path inside the home folder where to move them (like the Application folders for the Gnome menu items). I keep my home folder into a separate partition, so I don't have to restore my settings after every installations.
E.g.: you can customize for instance your menu settings using home folder
~/.local/share/applications. Launchers in this folder will override the ones in root folder
/usr/share/applications, plus they will be kept after a fresh install if your home is in a separate partition or if you back it up.