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    Question Gnome classic side panel

    I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on gnome classic (hate unity )

    picture first:

    http://imageshack.us/a/img822/5602/folderpanel.png

    So as you can see I added a side panel just for folders-links (not apps) and what I want to do is add Names under the "folder" icon... any ideas?

    thnx in advance
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    Re: Gnome classic side panel

    I don't think you can do that in a panel. If you want to add text to a link like that I suspect you will simply need to add separate launchers to the folders using nautilus.

    There are several ways to do that in versions before 12.04, but I'm not sure how you do it in 12.04. However what you need is a nautilus.desktop file for each folder named the same as the folder itself, so try dragging a launcher for nautilus from the menu, then open the .desktop file it produces in gedit, which you will have to do by finding the real name of the .desktop file from
    Code:
    ls Desktop
    in terminal. In gedit you can edit the name of the file and the exec used.
    The file contains the following in 10.04
    Code:
    [Desktop Entry]
    Categories=GNOME;GTK;System;Utility;Core;
    Comment=Browse the file system with the file manager
    Exec=nautilus --no-desktop --browser %U
    Icon=system-file-manager
    Name=File Browser
    NoDisplay=false
    OnlyShowIn=GNOME;
    StartupNotify=true
    Terminal=false
    TryExec=nautilus
    Type=Application
    X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Bugzilla=GNOME
    X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Component=general
    X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Product=nautilus
    X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Version=2.30.1
    X-Ubuntu-Gettext-Domain=nautilus
    so edit the lines I show in red to point to the folders you want and name the same as as the folder.
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    Re: Gnome classic side panel

    My first thought would be custom folders (folder icon) using gimp and just add the name on top of the folder.

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    Re: Gnome classic side panel

    Quote Originally Posted by jerrrys View Post
    My first thought would be custom folders (folder icon) using gimp and just add the name on top of the folder.
    I did also think of that but dismissed it as I thought the icons would need to be too big for most people; certainly would for me!
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    Re: Gnome classic side panel

    Same size, 3 or 4 letters.

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    Re: Gnome classic side panel

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post
    I don't think you can do that in a panel. If you want to add text to a link like that I suspect you will simply need to add separate launchers to the folders using nautilus.

    There are several ways to do that in versions before 12.04, but I'm not sure how you do it in 12.04. However what you need is a nautilus.desktop file for each folder named the same as the folder itself, so try dragging a launcher for nautilus from the menu, then open the .desktop file it produces in gedit, which you will have to do by finding the real name of the .desktop file from
    Code:
    ls Desktop
    in terminal. In gedit you can edit the name of the file and the exec used.
    The file contains the following in 10.04
    Code:
    [Desktop Entry]
    Categories=GNOME;GTK;System;Utility;Core;
    Comment=Browse the file system with the file manager
    Exec=nautilus --no-desktop --browser %U
    Icon=system-file-manager
    Name=File Browser
    NoDisplay=false
    OnlyShowIn=GNOME;
    StartupNotify=true
    Terminal=false
    TryExec=nautilus
    Type=Application
    X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Bugzilla=GNOME
    X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Component=general
    X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Product=nautilus
    X-GNOME-Bugzilla-Version=2.30.1
    X-Ubuntu-Gettext-Domain=nautilus
    so edit the lines I show in red to point to the folders you want and name the same as as the folder.
    I used gedit on the nautilus.desktop file and I can change the name but How can I change the exec in order to lauch from the path I want? (I see that gedit is not exactly necessary, it can also be done by "super+alt" right clicking on the launcher. but its more manual so I like it )

    thnx for your quick responses

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    Re: Gnome classic side panel

    Naaah! erase the last! This panel doesnt want to have the folders named!! I put the launcher on the panel and it still got no name! I'll try the thing with the icons

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    Re: Gnome classic side panel

    Yes, get rid of the panel.

    You can not add text to a launcher in the panel unless the text is part of the icon itself. To have both icon and text you will need a launcher icon on the desktop, not on the panel.

    To get a launcher for a particular folder you need to use the command
    Code:
    nautilus --no-desktop /path/to/folder
    though I am not sure how necessary the --no-desktop option is
    DISTRO: Xubuntu 12.04-64bit --- Code-tags --- Boot-Repair --- Grub2 wiki & Grub2 Basics --- RootSudo

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