I right click on the app, but it just starts up. No way to add. I don't understand terminal, so how to add shortcuts to taskbar? Thanks

  • There is no Lubuntu 19, Ubuntu Core release haves are of yy in format (never more than one per year), but desktop/server releases have two per year (19.04 & 19.10 being 2019-April & 2019-October; the Configure Panel picture I used in the answer below is from my 19.10 Lubuntu install).
    – guiverc
    May 11, 2019 at 3:03

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Right click on panel, go to Configure Panel and ensure you have "Quick Launch" widget enabled, then drag/drop menu items to the Quick Launch panel widget. Worry about the order of the dropped programs after adding them (you can move left-right then)

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Even better, look up the documentation (written by someone who's a better writer than me)

Updated Manual Links

Latest stable release (21.10 currently)

Latest lts release (20.04 currently)

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    I have the quick launch widget in there. But it still wont work. Any ideas?
    – Russ Smith
    May 11, 2019 at 3:17
  • I try to drag it onto the panel, but it wont let me - has he circle and red line through it so it is not being allowed.
    – Russ Smith
    May 11, 2019 at 3:18
  • You're possibly missing the quicklaunch widget, if positioned over where the quicklaunch widget, the red-X-circle changes to a blue-green-+ symbol, where I can 'let go' of left-mouse-button and the quick-launch expands with the added item.
    – guiverc
    May 11, 2019 at 3:25
  • I can drag it onto my desktop. But the entire task bar is restricted. Cannot put it there
    – Russ Smith
    May 11, 2019 at 3:45
  • And it wont even launch from the desktop shortcut I made. Oh Linux,, why do you always have to be like this..
    – Russ Smith
    May 11, 2019 at 3:47

Click the Start button - navigate to your icon - left click drag and drop it down on the quick launch area

You'll get a green circle with a plus in it. It's not always easy dropping one on the ends, so just drop it anywhere to get it into the quick launch.

You can then right click and icon in the quick launch area and select Move Left or Move Right to position them


In Lbuntu 20.04 with LXQt 0.14.1, it required me to drag the application from the Application window (bottom left corner) and drop over the PCMan-FM-Qt File manager (the only location where a green plus sign is shown).

If I tried to drop over the rest of the taskbar (the actual panel) or the widget area (right side corner icons, where the clock displays by default), the red circle with a line through it is displayed.


On LUbuntu and Vbox 6.1 Right click anywhere in the desktop and -> Create Launcher. Then fill in the name and then command (for example 'qterminal' to lauch terminal everytime you click the icon shortcut) and it is created a new icon on your Desktop!

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