My dualboot-system (win7 / ubuntu 12.04) has a ntfs-formatted partition called "/share" for files I use both in win7 and ubuntu (e.g. pictures, music etc.).

I'd like to have a symbol of this drive in the launcher. But although the partition is mounted (Mount point: /media/share) and shown in the left side bar of a folder, there is no Icon in the launcher! How can I add this Icon to the launcher?

(CompizConfig Setting manager >> ubuntu unity plugin >> Experimental >> show devices always" will only show win-Partition, not the /share -partition)

4 Answers 4


I have a hd named "backup" which I "accidentally" removed. ;)

I added the backup-hd-icon to the launcher by

  1. Clicked the dash
  2. Typed backup
  3. Dragged the icon to the launcher

Important is that you don't drag the folder, you want to search for the hd icon

  • Nice trick. It worked fine for me on Ubuntu 14.04.
    – Mythul
    Commented May 23, 2015 at 21:45

Create a .desktop file and place it in .local/share/applications/

As your device is mounted at /media/share, lets name the file as mediashare.desktop

The content of the file will be as follows:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Shared Media
Comment=Shared Media
Exec=nautilus /media/share

Once this is done, run the following in your terminal

gsettings get com.canonical.Unity.Launcher favorites

A list of icons on the launcher will be displayed like this:
['unity://running-apps', 'unity://expo-icon', 'unity://devices']

Now add the mediashare.desktop to it like this:
['unity://running-apps', 'unity://expo-icon', 'unity://devices', 'mediashare.desktop']

Now copy the above and run the following in the terminal

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Launcher favorites "['unity://running-apps', 'unity://expo-icon', 'unity://devices', 'mediashare.desktop']"

Mind the quotes.

Press Alt + F2, type unity and press Enter to refresh unity.

  • That's not too hard, but I'm still surprised there's not an utility to make shortcuts about anything, like on Windows.
    – Quidam
    Commented Jun 4, 2020 at 16:18
  1. Open the "dash" (first option in the launcher bar).
  2. Type your drive name which you want to add in your launcher.
  3. Drag the drive icon to the launcher.
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    – Fabby
    Commented Jan 3, 2015 at 12:41
  • Simple and works like a charm
    – Nur Rony
    Commented Jan 24, 2015 at 8:38
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    This answer has the same contents like the one above by axel112!
    – Byte Commander
    Commented Feb 9, 2015 at 15:48

Click on ''Files'' in Launcher. from the left side menu bar click on the drive you want to launch. now the drive opens and contents are displayed. at the same time that drive is seen in the unity launcher. Right click on that drive and click on "Lock to launcher''. Done !!

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