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Dose anyone know how to make application folders like the utilities folder. It's because I have a lot of apps and want to group them by topic.

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You can do this using a GNOME shell extension called "Appfolders Management extension".

It's

An easy way to manage "appfolders" (folders in the applications view) directly from the applications view.

Right click on an app icon and you'll get the options:

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Alternatively you may use an application called GNOME App Folders Manager for the same purpose.

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I. Not Native But Most Comfortable to Use Method
(need additional software):

I strongly recommend to use Appfolders Management extension by Maestroschan If You not familiar with GNOME extension, just follow link and simple instructions. (You will need install recommended special browser Extension to use them.)

Use right mouse click on app and folder icons to get this options:

add app to folder

edit folder

II. Native GNOME Method
(no need any additional software instalation):

  1. Run Ubuntu/GNOME Software

  2. Go to Installed tab and click in right-top corner button with "tick" icon.
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  3. Select application to group in folder.

  4. Click in left-bottom corner button Add to Folder....
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  5. Type name of new folder...

  • I wanted to go with the native method, but some of the applications that show up in dash, are not listed in Ubuntu/GNOME Software. Any idea how to fix this? – SaTa Oct 4 at 3:12
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It is possible with terminal.

I want to create a app folder named AV and I want my audio and video apps in it.

gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.app-folders folder-children

Example:

$ gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.app-folders folder-children
['Utilities', 'Sundry', 'YaST']
  1. Adding new entry "AV":

    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.app-folders folder-children "['Utilities', 'Sundry', 'YaST', 'AV']"
    

    Example:

    $ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.app-folders folder-children "['Utilities', 'Sundry', 'YaST', 'AV']"
    $ 
    
  2. Putting .desktop files in AV folder:

    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.app-folders.folder:/org/gnome/desktop/app-folders/folders/AV/ apps "['audacious.desktop', 'mpv.desktop']"
    

    Example:

    $ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.app-folders.folder:/org/gnome/desktop/app-folders/folders/AV/ apps "['audacious.desktop', 'mpv.desktop']"
    $ 
    

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    It created a folder with required apps without any folder name.

  3. Giving required name to the folder:

    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.app-folders.folder:/org/gnome/desktop/app-folders/folders/AV/ name 'myAV'
    

    Example:

    $ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.app-folders.folder:/org/gnome/desktop/app-folders/folders/AV/ name 'myAV'
    $ 
    

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    *You can rename the folder name at anytime

    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.app-folders.folder:/org/gnome/desktop/app-folders/folders/AV/ name 'myAVfav'
    

    Example:

    $ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.app-folders.folder:/org/gnome/desktop/app-folders/folders/AV/ name 'myAVfav'
    $ 
    

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  4. Removing the created folder in future (or you can say go back to default):

    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.app-folders folder-children "['Utilities', 'Sundry', 'YaST']"
    

    Example:

    $ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.app-folders folder-children "['Utilities', 'Sundry', 'YaST']"
    $ 
    

Source: https://developer.gnome.org/AppFolders/

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    This is a very detailed and perfect explanation, and it works like a charm. Thank you so much! – Cebiş Mellim Dec 9 '18 at 18:36
  • This is very nice. Never thought this was also possible. Because I tend to pin down programs I use very ofter as Favourites. My setup looks exactly like Pratap's screen. I hardly find myself using the Applications Menu. – ptmdevncoder Mar 17 at 17:09
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Or you can do what you do on your phone and just drag an app icon and hover over another one until it creates a folder... Then you can right-click that folder and rename it.

  • 1
    this only works on new versions of gnome and not the version I was using at the time. – Budget Tech Dec 2 at 23:41

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