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How to Easily Create Quicklist For Ubuntu Unity Launcher

Unity Launcher Editor (ULE) is a python script that allows you to edit your Unity launcher. It allows you to add and remove applications to and from the launcher and also create/edit the quicklist items for each application. Compared to the previous way where you have to manually edit the config file, this is definitely a much better way.

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8 usefull quicklists for Unity

In short this website tells us to do this, please check the original for images and more explanation.

Unity Launcher Editor is currently not available in the Ubuntu repository, nor is there a PPA or deb file (as of this post). To install ULE, we have to download the source code from LaunchPad. 

Once you have downloaded the source code, you should find a “unity-launcher-editor” folder in your Home directory. In your Nautilus, navigate to the “unity-launcher-editor -> unitylaunchereditor” folder and double-click the main.py file. A prompt will show up asking you to run

a script. Confirm that. 

Now the ULE will launch.

Using the Unity Launcher Editor

The panel on the left shows the existing applications that are in the launcher. You can select any app and its details will show on the right panel. The top section of the right panel shows the launcher app details while the bottom section shows its quicklist items. And that is where it is all about:

To add quicklist item to an existing application in the launcher, for example Firefox:

  • Select the app icon on the left panel.
  • Under the Quicklist Group, click the + button.
  • Add the quicklist group name and the command you want it to execute. For example, I want to add a Super User mode quicklist so I can quickly open a GKSU session in for the program. Simply enter GKSU before the command.
  • Click Save.

Your quicklist item should reappear in the launcher. If not, log out and log in again, or restart Unity (unity --replace).