Ok, after my upgrade to 11.10 and toying around with the new Unity, I am now trying out GNOME Shell. I really like the dash in GNOME Shell (when you press super). It feels I can get quick access to anything in my system.

What is not obvious to me:

  • how can I add a launcher to my favorites?
  • how can I open a second instance of an application from my favorites? (I tried the scroll-wheel click, but it opens a second instance of the application in another workspace)
  • is there a list of shortcuts somewhere (as there is for unity)?

I did have a look at the documentation at http://gnome.org, but that was a bit meager.


To add favourites, right click on the application and select 'Add to favourites'. Alternatively, you can drag them to the launcher.

To create an extra instance of the application, right click on the application in the launcher and select 'New Window'.

For a list of shortcuts, search for 'System settings' and select 'Keyboard'. Click on 'shortcuts' tab and you can see all the shortcuts that are available for use in Gnome-shell.

  • Great answer! However, the last part is a bit misleading - those are shortcuts for GNOME (Unity, GNOME Shell, or GNOME Classic) desktops, not for the Shell itself. He means a "cheat sheet" kind of list, listing all the GNOME Shell specific shortcuts (there is one for Unity here). – RolandiXor Oct 16 '11 at 11:27
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    I guess you are right. I did a quick search on Google and reached this cheatsheet by the GNOME developers themselves. Seems like a quick overview on most of the shortcuts available in Gnome-shell. – jokerdino Oct 16 '11 at 13:00
  • Add the details of that cheatsheet to your answer for massive rep ;). – RolandiXor Oct 16 '11 at 15:20
  • I have just one more question: if I have a launcher for an application I downloaded myself, e.g. some java-program. In Unity I can create a launcher and drag that onto the dash. How do I do that in gnome? – nathanvda Oct 16 '11 at 18:38
  • @nathanvda I think, as long as you can find it in the applications search, you can create a launcher favourite for that application. – jokerdino Oct 17 '11 at 12:20

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