When I click on an open program in the activities bar of gnome all I receive is the option to quit the program, is there any way for this drop down menu to show more actions. For example when I am using Nautilus by clicking on the drop down I recieve the following options

New Window




So what I would like to have is this functionality for other programs, namely I care for having these menus for Google Chrome. So does anyone know how I can add these to gnome 3.16?


You are probably looking for "nautilus extensions". Nautilus is the real name of the file manager used in both Unity and gnome-shell desktops.

You can write extensions:

  1. as scripts (although I think this is sort-of-deprecated)

  2. In C using the gtk libraries

  3. or in various mixed languages

However, for personal experience, expect to find a lot of outdated documentation and a lack of clear, up-to-date documentation around. Probably the best way to get started is to try to dig at the sources of available extensions:

[romano:~] % wajig search nautilus | grep extens
libnautilus-extension-dev - libraries for nautilus components - development version
libnautilus-extension1a - libraries for nautilus components - runtime version
nautilus-share - Nautilus extension to share folder using Samba
nautilus-actions - nautilus extension to configure programs to launch
nautilus-compare - Context menu comparison extension for Nautilus file manager
nautilus-filename-repairer - Nautilus extension for filename encoding repair
nautilus-gtkhash - nautilus extension for computing checksums and more using gtkhash
nautilus-image-converter - nautilus extension to mass resize or rotate images
nautilus-pastebin - Nautilus extension to send files to a pastebin
nautilus-wipe - Secure deletion extension for Nautilus
rabbitvcs-nautilus - Nautilus extension for RabbitVCS
tortoisehg-nautilus - Graphical tool for working with Mercurial (Nautilus extension)
clamtk-nautilus - Nautilus MenuProvider extension for clamtk
nautilus-pushbullet - An extension for Nautilus to send files with pushbullet

..and more, like nautilus-script-manager, nautilus-scripts-manager (yes they're different!), or nautilus-image-manipulator and nautilus-open-terminal.

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