Shortcuts on the Desktop
In addition to adding to the panel (post above) it's possible to make a shortcut to open a folder with the pcmanfm file manager. You have to decide if this has any advantages over just making a bookmark in the file manager.
will open the folder named Project that is in your home directory. The desktop icon will be labeled 'Go to Project'
Name=Go to Project
Create in text editor, and save in Desktop folder with extension .desktop
I might save it as go-project.desktop
Method can also be used to make application shortcuts.