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In older distros, there is the feature: right-click the top-bar > Add To Panel. But not anymore in Ubuntu 16.04? I want to create a application icon-shortcut to the application bar. I want to use the default settings in the latest Ubuntu. I would like to add just a Matlab.desktop icon to the panel.

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    I guess you mean a feature in GNOME 2. It was dropped five years ago. But it's still available in MATE desktop environment (a fork of GNOME 2).
    – user300458
    May 4, 2016 at 13:12
  • @user300458 Yes. I want to use the defaults in the distro. I just want to add Matlab.desktop icon to the panel and I am wondering where it is. May 4, 2016 at 13:14

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1) Open the application you want to create the shortcut for.

2) Right-click the icon that shows up on the launcher

3) Select "Lock to launcher"
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