I miss those pins I make in Windows.
How can I do the same in Ubuntu 17.10 with GNOME 3?
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Follow the steps below.
.desktop file (say
~/.local/share/applications. You can do this by running the following command in Terminal
.desktop file using a text-editor, for example by running
Add the following lines to the file:
[Desktop Entry] Name=File Manager Comment=Access and organize files Keywords=folder;manager;explore;disk;filesystem; Exec=nautilus --new-window %U Icon=org.gnome.Nautilus Terminal=false Type=Application Categories=GNOME;GTK;Utility;Core;FileManager; Actions=new-window;open-downloads; [Desktop Action new-window] Name=New Window Exec=nautilus --new-window [Desktop Action open-downloads] Name=Open my Downloads folder Exec=nautilus /home/YOUR-USER-NAME/Downloads
YOUR-USER-NAME by your user-name in the last line.
Save the file.
Click on "Activities" and search for "File Manager". It should appear.
Right click on the "File Manager" and select "Add to Favourites". It should be added to the dock.
Now if you right click on the newly added File Manager icon in the dock, you should see a "Open my Downloads folder" option which should work as expected.
Similarly you can add shortcuts to other locations by adding new
Desktop Actions and adding the name of the action to the
Actions= line. For more info see this.
As we can pin only Application to Gnome Dock, the best available option here is creating an application launcher that will open the favorite directory directly with a single mouse click.
So in order to do that navigate to activities and search for "Main menu".
Now you will get a window titled Main menu.
Click on New item. and You will get a small window and fill the fields like described below.
In the given example I am pinning my
Videos directory to Dock.
And now it will be shown at the bottom of the main menu window like this
Click on close button and again go to activities and search for the the "Name" provided. In my case its "My Videos". Single click on that and just drag and drop it to the
Now You will get the shortcut on your Dock.
If you click on that you will get your favorite directory which you set opened by nautilus.
You can do more tweaks like changing the icon of the application launcher you want while creating the shortcut of even after creating the shortcut and pinning it.
After tweaking my shortcut (My Videos) is like this.
It's not prefect for what you seek, but you might be interested in the Gno-Menu extension.
The extension adds a quite configurable menu. The following shows it's default:
The recent documents I have accessed are shown on the right. The shortcuts on the left are set to the Places of Nautilus. The highlighted folder shortcut is to a folder I have "pinned" in Nautilus.
The Recents overview does not seem to support viewed folders. I don't know how the "Link to Intro etc." link got in there. Creating a new link to a folder and opening it did not put the folder there, and roaming in Nautilus does not affect Recents (until you open a file).
The right-hand side can also be configured to show your Favorites from the overview, where you could then add
.desktop entries for Nautilus to open specific folders. (See pomsky's answer, but use
Exec=nautilus /home/user/folder/ --new-window %U and include only the
[Desktop Entry] part.)
Here is how to make it in Ubuntu 18.04:
Open Files, press Ctrl+L and paste
Look for the "Files" icon and copy it (right click > Copy)
Note: in my system, I don't know why, there are tree "Files" icon. For this procedure I selected the first one, which has 2,7kB. To make sure it'll work in your computer I recommend you to do the same.
Now open your personal folder and press Ctrl+H to show hidden files.
Once you've done it, navigate to
.local/share/applications and paste the file you copied in the step 2 into this folder.
You'll see a new icon called
org.gnome.Nautilus.desktop. Right click on it and select "Open with other application". Select the Text Editor to open it and replace the content of the file with the following:
[Desktop Entry] Name=Files Comment=Access and organize files Keywords=folder;manager;explore;disk;filesystem; Exec=nautilus --new-window %U Icon=org.gnome.Nautilus Terminal=false Type=Application Categories=GNOME;GTK;Utility;Core;FileManager; StartupWMClass=nautilus;Nautilus Actions=new-window;open-documents;open-downloads;open-pictures;open-music;open-videos; [Desktop Action new-window] Name=New window Exec=nautilus --new-window [Desktop Action open-documents] Name=Documents Exec=nautilus /home/YOUR-USER-NAME/Documents [Desktop Action open-downloads] Name=Downloads Exec=nautilus /home/YOUR-USER-NAME/Downloads [Desktop Action open-pictures] Name=Pictures Exec=nautilus /home/YOUR-USER-NAME/Pictures [Desktop Action open-music] Name=Music Exec=nautilus /home/YOUR-USER-NAME/Music [Desktop Action open-videos] Name=Videos Exec=nautilus /home/YOUR-USER-NAME/Videos
YOUR-USER-NAME by your username.
Save the document and close it. You're done!
Note: If your system is in another language that not English replace the words of the filds
Exec=of the desired
[Desktop Action]for the equivalent in your language. See an example in Portuguese above:
[Desktop Action open-pictures] Name=Pictures Exec=nautilus /home/YOUR-USER-NAME/Pictures
Is going to be:
[Desktop Action open-pictures] Name=Imagens Exec=nautilus /home/YOUR-USER-NAME/Imagens
Finally, replace the word of the field
[Desktop Entry]according to what
Filesmeans in your language. In Portuguese, for example, Files is translated Arquivos, so I had to change
Name=Arquivos. If you don't do this, you'll end up with two Files icons with different names in your computer.