I just installed Oneiric Ocelot, and I can't figure out how to add an application, which is stored in my home directory, to the dash. I can create a launcher, but I want it in the dash also.
One way I use is to add an entry in the menu's with alacarte .
EDIT: This solution doesn't work on new version Ubuntu 13.04.
There are 2 ways to go about this
No new software method
For 11.10 and newer:
To create a simple custom
For extra options for your .desktop file you can visit this site. All the options available are very well described there.
You can also copy a existing application's .desktop file from
ie: this will copy gedit .desktop file to the folder where the .desktop files should be saved for a user
After that open that location using
Has an option instead of drag n dropping the file you can open dconf-editor (install it with
To add your custom launcher add it at the position you want with this format '/home//.local/share/applications/.desktop'. Don't forget to respect the
With this method you will need to log off and back in for the change in favorites to take effect. This will make it appear in the dash
Using New software
A .desktop file in
Just add the required
A .desktop file for sublime text
Usually when you install you the icon will be automatically added. But if it is not, then do the following:
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