Until recently, one could add custom links to the left pane of Nautilus by dragging a folder. It seems this option no longer works (since Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) or 11.04 (Natty_Narwhal)). How do I get this to work on a recent version of Ubuntu?
You have to go into the folder you want to add, and then press Ctrl + D, contrary to every other file manager on earth.
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Source: blog post Ubuntu 12.04: Adding Bookmarks/shortcuts to left sidebar of Nautilus manager (2012-05-05)
This doesn't seem to work for me. When I press Ctrl + D the search function opens. As far as I can see there is nowhere to add a bookmark. When I click on Files Bookmarks I only have the option to edit existing bookmarks, not add a new one. I am using Ubuntu 13.10. If anyone has a solution for Ubuntu 13.10 I'd be grateful.
EDIT: I found an answer here: BookMark13.10. What is a little confusing is that the Bookmark doesn't appear in "Places" but lower down on the left pane under Bookmarks. At first I didn't see it!
Hope this of some use to someone.