Through this guide I'll show how you can add custom entries in the Gnome Launcher.
You can execute any terminal command with these actions, but I mainly use them to launch websites/webapps.
I have a custom entry called Start day that launches the Google Calendar, Gmail webapps and a news website.
You can execute any terminal code or bash script, so you can get creative and make very complex actions.
For this guide I'll show how to create a custom entry that launches the Zorin help and forum websites.
Create a new file on the desktop called ZorinHelp.desktop (this is not the name that will show up in Gnome launcher).
It's important for step 3 that this file is created on the desktop!
Open the file and paste the following code:
[Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=Zorin Help Exec=bash -c "xdg-open https://zorin.com/help/ && xdg-open https://forum.zorin.com/" Icon=/home/hanne/Pictures/zorin.png Type=Application Terminal=false
- Name is the name that will show up in Gnome launcher.
Exec is the terminal command that will be executed.
xdg-openopens websites, files or folders.
&&is used to execute multiple commands.
Icon is the icon that will show in Gnome launcher. Make sure to pick a rectangular icon or it will be stretched and look ugly.
Leave the rest as is.
To make the file executable right-click it, choose Properties, Permissions and check Execute.
To make the file launchable right-click it and choose Allow Launching.
You will only be able to make the file launchable if it's on the desktop.
For the custom entry to show up is needs to be placed in ~/.local/share/applications.
If this location does not exist, go ahead and create it but first check Show Hidden Files in the file explorer to be able to see the hidden files/folders starting with a dot.
Move the file to ~/.local/share/applications
Wait a few seconds and your custom entry should show up!