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How to add Quicklists for Opera in Unity

Kyle Baker recently posted a short guide on adding Quicklist options to Opera’s launcher in Unity, just like so: -

Opera Quicklist in Unity

Whilst his guide relates to Opera, the Unity developers have made it an easy enough ‘hack’ to apply to a variety of applications.

Add quicklist to Opera launcher in Ubuntu 11.04

1. Open Nautilus as root (ALT+F2 > ‘gksu nautilus’) and navigate to: –

/usr/share/applications/

and open the ‘opera-browser.desktop’ file in ‘gedit/text editor’.

2. Once open, scroll to the bottom of the file and paste in the the following text:

X-Ayatana-Desktop-Shortcuts=NewTab;NewPrivateTab;NewWindow;Mail;

[NewTab Shortcut Group]
Name=New Tab
Exec=opera -newtab
TargetEnvironment=Unity

[NewPrivateTab Shortcut Group]
Name=New Private Tab
Exec=opera -newprivatetab
TargetEnvironment=Unity

[NewWindow Shortcut Group]
Name=New Window
Exec=opera -newwindow
TargetEnvironment=Unity

[Mail Shortcut Group]
Name=Mail
Exec=opera -mail
TargetEnvironment=Unity

3. Finally hit save and close Gedit/text editor.

4. To add the icon to your launcher just ope the Dash or Applications Lens and drag the Opera icon on to your launcher. Right-click on this to see your new quicklist.

Remove the changes

Tried but don’t like it? Just re-open the opera-browser.desktop file and delete the lines that were added to remove your quicklist entries.