In Unity, it is possible to add desktop actions to dock items (eg, you can add a "New Private Window" action to firefox.desktop and it would appear as an option when you right-click the Firefox icon in the dock). I just installed Ubuntu Gnome, and though the desktop files appear to be the same as those in Unity, the desktop actions don't appear in the dock entries/icons. Is there any way to make this happen in Gnome?

Ubuntu: 14.04 LTS
Gnome: 3.10.4

Example desktop action:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Firefox Web Browser

[Desktop Action NewPrivateWindow]
Name=Open a New Private Window
Exec=firefox -private-window;

[Note that the line OnlyShowIn=Unity; has been removed.]

Desktop file location: /usr/share/applications/

  • Ah, I'd forgotten that I'd enabled Dash to Dock. That's the issue then. When DtD is enabled, the desktop actions don't appear in either the dash or the dock. Awesome. – P Jones Aug 19 '15 at 20:24

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