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On my Windows machine with just one click I can launch favourite or bookmarked files that I use on a daily basis, which is a great time-saver. Is there any way to do this with 11.10 Unity? Ideally I would like to right-click on an icon in the launcher and have a list of files appear that I could then left-click to launch, but I'd be happy for any simple solution.

Please note that I am not referring to recently used files lists - these do not work at all because the bookmarked file will always drop off the bottom of any recently used file list.

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You should look at this excellent answer - your question reads as if this solution is applicable to you: askubuntu.com/a/43150/14356 –  fossfreedom Dec 1 '11 at 10:03
    
Thanks fossfreedom - that looks great! The only problem is that I cannot see how to bookmark files. It seems that only folders can be bookmarked, or am I wrong about this? –  dunderhead Dec 1 '11 at 11:08
    
hmmm - dont have access to my ubuntu at the moment... if you just a static list of files you can create a static quicklist e.g. I've just answered something similar here: askubuntu.com/questions/81732/… –  fossfreedom Dec 1 '11 at 11:29
    
Unless I'm mistaken, only folders can be bookmarked in Ubuntu 11.10 Nautilus. Does anyone know of another way to get individual files into the Unity Launcher as bookmarks? –  dunderhead Dec 19 '11 at 8:34
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possible duplicate of What Custom Launchers and Unity Quicklists are available? –  Javier Rivera Feb 3 '12 at 8:48

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In case it's helpful for anyone, there is a solution, thanks to fossfreedom and his excellent answer. I copied the .desktop file of the application to my home directory and edited the line beginning with Exec= to include the file I want to launch. For example, Exec=appname /home/filename and then I dragged the edited .desktop file to the Unity Launcher.

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I have found another excellent solution: Cairo Dock

I am very impressed with this wonderful launcher. It has more features than the Unity launcher, it's much more customisable, and it works wonderfully well out of the box. I don't bother with the Unity launcher any more. I can't recommend this application enough!

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