I would like to create a link to some new folder that I have in my home. The left panel shows docs, images downloads etc. But I would like to add my other folders that I created myself like university etc,

It use to be as simple as drag and drop the folder on the panel, but it doens't work anymore. How can I create a link?

The image is to show what panel I'm talking about:

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6 Answers 6


You can add Bookmarks. Just go to the desired directory and via Global Menu → Bookmarks → Add bookmark.

Or you can use simply Ctrl+D when you are in the desired directory.

For Ubuntu 13.04 or more updated versions, you can click the "gear" icon on top right and use "Add Bookmark"

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    This doesn't answer the question. Adding the bookmark does not add any folder to the side panel.
    – jokerdino
    Commented Nov 27, 2011 at 9:35
  • The question owner wants to link a directory to left side bar. Adding bookmark is the easiest way if I did not misunderstand him/her. What do you mean by "adding folder"? Commented Nov 27, 2011 at 9:46
  • Adding a bookmark does not add a link to the folder in the side panel. Sorry for the poor wording in the first comment. You might find this question useful: askubuntu.com/questions/79150/…
    – jokerdino
    Commented Nov 27, 2011 at 9:50
  • If you mean the places below "Computer" by saying folder yes Bookmarks are not shown there. And if question owner asks only for this place below Computer that means I misunderstood him/her. Commented Nov 27, 2011 at 10:55
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    @thephoenix01 you can mount at startup but it doesn't solve the unmount part. Not sure how you would go about that without building a gnome extension to over-ride the default behaviour. Commented Sep 7, 2019 at 12:31

For Ubuntu 17.10, you can create links to the sidebar in the bookmarks file. In the terminal, type

cd .config/gtk-3.0

Then open a file called bookmarks with your choice of text editor. I use vim, so I type

vim bookmarks

Add the link to the directory (folder), save, and do a restart or log off/login.

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    just did this on 18.04.1 and it worked. Just commenting for someone who might be looking for it. Thanks. Commented Sep 11, 2018 at 9:57
  • Works on 19.10 also. In addition, you can change the visualized name, adding it as last rule after a space, in this way: file:///path/to/folder visualized-name. For example, to show a "projects" folder uppercase, write this: file:///srv/projects Projects
    – MXT
    Commented Jan 29, 2020 at 9:50
  • This is a better answer because "Global Menu → Bookmarks → Add bookmark" doesn't tell me what the Global Menu is or how to access it! Commented Jul 22, 2020 at 16:08

it's very easy:

1.Open your folder
2.from menu bar select bookmark
3.select bookmark this location

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    where is this menu bar
    – kerry
    Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 6:37
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    Or just open folder. Ctrl-D.
    – Kjetil S.
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 14:06

It's not elegant, but if you simply create an empty file, open it, save-as, then browse the top level folder of the directory you want to bookmark in the side panel, you can actually drag that link to the side panel and it will then show up in the side panel.

  • It did not work. Can you explain better? Commented Apr 17, 2017 at 18:21

For some Ubuntu version, you can go the parent directory and drag the desired folder to the left panel.


Ctrl+D didn't work for me. But

sudo vi ~/.config/gtk-3.0/bookmarks

did the job.

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