For reference, I'm currently using Ubuntu 11.04 running on an Asus EeePC 1001HA, running Unity-2D.

I've been trying to add Quicklists into my Unity Launcher, following instructions from this AskUbuntu question. So what I do is I:

  • Copy the requested *.desktop file from /usr/share/applications/ to ~/.local/share/applications/.
  • Make my edits.
  • Logout and login again to reflect the new changes.

This doesn't work -- the quicklists doesn't appear when I right-click them.

What I do next is...

  • Open Nautilus, and find the *.desktop file.
  • Right-click the Launcher icon I want to replace, and select "Remove From Launcher".
  • Drag the *.desktop files I want to use on launcher directly.

The icon appears, but the quicklist doesn't, when I right-click the icon. This persists even after restarts.

As an example, here's my google-chrome.desktop file:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Google Chrome
# Only KDE 4 seems to use GenericName, so we reuse the KDE strings.
# From Ubuntu's language-pack-kde-XX-base packages, version 9.04-20090413.
GenericName=Web Browser
# Not translated in KDE, from Epiphany 2.26.1-0ubuntu1.
GenericName[fil]=Web Browser
# Gnome and KDE 3 uses Comment.
Comment=Access the Internet

[NewWindow Shortcut Group]
Name=New Window

[Incognito Shortcut Group]
Name=New incognito window
Exec=google-chrome --incognito

I definitely know that dragging the *.desktop file to the Launcher works -- if I change the exec directive to include --incognito, the browser does launch in incognito mode.

But for some strange reason the quicklist doesn't appear. Is this there an issue with how my Unity-2D is set up, or aren't quicklists supported by Unity-2D?

  • I deleted my original reply to your question because I have done some reading about Custom Quicklists and found nothing to aid you in finding a fix.
    – Kory Wnuk
    Jul 3, 2011 at 7:16

2 Answers 2


There is a bug #669923 on quicklist support in Unity-2D that was fixed in release unity-2d 3.8.6. You may need to update your Unity-2D package.

  • Hmm. The latest version seems to be unity-2d 3.8.41. When will I be able to update to 3.8.6? Can I already do that?
    – tariqk
    Jul 3, 2011 at 9:58
  • It's at 3.8.8 for Oneiric 11.10. - if it will not be upgraded in 11.04 you may have to wait for 11.10 or compile (and test) yourself Unity 2D still is in development.
    – Takkat
    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:34
  • Bummer. Well, the functionality isn't critical at this point, so I think I can live with waiting a little. Thank you for the help!
    – tariqk
    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:59
  • @T-Boy: 11.10 is going to be awesome!
    – Takkat
    Jul 3, 2011 at 13:05

I was able to get this fix on 11.04 by using the daily unity-2d updates ppa and then running

unity --replace
from an alt-F2 prompt.

  • Lovely. This method works!
    – tariqk
    Sep 19, 2011 at 11:48

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