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    [GNOME] How to add favorite to sidebar?

    Typically, when I launch an application, I can right-click on its sidebar icon and click Add to Favorites. However, some applications lack this option. Is there any workarounds to add them to the sidebar?

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    Re: [GNOME] How to add favorite to sidebar?

    However, some applications lack this option.
    Which applications?
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    Re: [GNOME] How to add favorite to sidebar?

    Specifically I just started using Standard Notes:

    https://standardnotes.org/

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    Re: [GNOME] How to add favorite to sidebar?

    It's an appimage so you probably need to create desktop launcher for it,
    Look over these and see they help:
    https://askubuntu.com/questions/9026...-a-desktop-app
    https://docs.appimage.org/reference/...tegration.html
    Last edited by deadflowr; November 30th, 2020 at 04:33 AM. Reason: fixed grammar issue months later, lol
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    Re: [GNOME] How to add favorite to sidebar?

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    It an appimage so you probably need to create desktop launcher for it,
    Look over these and see they help:
    https://askubuntu.com/questions/9026...-a-desktop-app
    https://docs.appimage.org/reference/...tegration.html
    Hi there, thank you for the info! This was a very helpful first step for me. I created a "Standard Notes.desktop" file, linking to the appimage file and the icon however I'm getting an error: "Failed to execute child process (No such file or directory)". I think it's getting hung up on finding the executable binary file. Probably because, I think, I don't have one of those? I have an AppImage file, so I linked to that instead.

    What am I missing?

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    Re: [GNOME] How to add favorite to sidebar?

    Has the program been working when you double click on the .appimage file?
    If you post the .desktop file you made, perhaps an error will be seen.

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    Re: [GNOME] How to add favorite to sidebar?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis N View Post
    Has the program been working when you double click on the .appimage file?
    If you post the .desktop file you made, perhaps an error will be seen.
    Yes, the program works normally if I just double-click on the .appimage file. This is what I'm using for my .desktop file:

    Code:
    #!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
    [Desktop Entry]
    Version=1.0
    Type=Application
    Terminal=false
    Exec=/media/scout/5b08b33b-1011-4ff8-abbb-f77978ddc8ec/Standard Notes/standard-notes-3.5.11-linux-x86_64.AppImage
    Name=Standard Notes
    Comment=Standard Notes
    Icon=/media/scout/5b08b33b-1011-4ff8-abbb-f77978ddc8ec/Standard Notes/standard-notes-icon.png

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    Re: [GNOME] How to add favorite to sidebar?

    The problem is the space in "Standard Notes" and the easiest way to avoid the problem is not to have that space.

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    Re: [GNOME] How to add favorite to sidebar?

    Quote Originally Posted by CelticWarrior View Post
    The problem is the space in "Standard Notes" and the easiest way to avoid the problem is not to have that space.
    Aha, thanks! Removing the space makes the .desktop file work.

    However, the underlying program still does not have the "Keep in Dock" option that my other programs have, nor does it appear when I search for it in my app launcher.

    I'm trying to avoid having to keep a file on my desktop for this program (whether that's an appimage file or a .desktop file doesn't really matter to me), or avoid having to use a terminal or file explorer to navigate to a file just to launch a program. I would much prefer to quickly launch the program from my desktop's dock.

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    Re: [GNOME] How to add favorite to sidebar?

    Yes, Linux does not like spaces in paths to file locations.

    Does the program's icon appear in the "Show Applicatiions" grid?

    The /media location you are using is for temporary mounting - like USB drives. If you have the program files on a removable drive, that might make a difference in your options. I would move the program and icon files into your home folder.

    I place all AppImages in one folder, ~/appimages.
    Last edited by Dennis N; November 30th, 2020 at 03:08 PM.

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