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[How To] Use Unity Quicklists in Gnome-Shell

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When it comes to GNOME Shell, regardless of whether you love it or loathe it, there is no denying that it is extendable thanks to the the sea of 3rd party extensions continuously being developed for it.

Not too long ago I stumbled upon a very nifty Extension that brings Unity’s quicklist functionality to Gnome-Shell’s Activity Bar and Dash.


Unity quicklists provide handy application options via a right click on its launcher icon.

Like this one for Skype, for example:

Skype Wrapper 0.6 Adds New Quicklist Options

As more and more developers add quicklist support to their applications it would be a shame for GNOME Shell users to miss out. This extension ensures that they don’t.

Quicklists can be accessed via the GNOME Shell ‘Dock’: –

Quicklists in GNOME-Shell

Or from the general apps overlay:

quicklists in gnome shell extension


Installing extensions in Gnome-Shell takes next-to-no effort at all.

Just click the is sleek orange below to open the GNOME extensions page for the addon, and set the slider to “ON”.

Unity Quicklist GNOME-Shell Extension 

A small pop-up will appear asking you to confirm that you wish to enable it. Click yes.

And that’s it! Head into the Activities overlay and right-click on a quicklist-supported app to begin using.