I'd like to add a trash icon to the Gnome 3 favorites vertical bar on the left of the desktop.

  • @don_crissti ah indeed, that's obvious! thanks. But still, I want the trash icon, etc. Would be fine if anyone provided a template of these settings.
    – oblitum
    Jan 15, 2016 at 15:10
  • @don_crissti thanks... such .desktop template could be an accepted answer.
    – oblitum
    Jan 15, 2016 at 15:39

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Just make your own launcher e.g. trashcan.desktop:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Trash Can Viewer
Comment=Because I Can!
Exec=gvfs-open trash:///

place it1 in $XDG_DATA_HOME/applications (usually ~/.local/share/applications) if you intent it to be user-specific or in$XDG_DATA_DIR/applications (usually /usr/share/applications) if you want it to be available to all users; then, while in overview mode, click on the Show Applications button on the dash (or use Super+A), find the trash icon and just drag it to dash (favourites).

1: Note that on some setups the desktop file has to be "marked as trusted" (either double click it and Mark As Trusted or make it executable and add #!/usr/bin/env xdg-open at the top of the file).

  • 2
    Thanks.... but still, a static icon is not a proper trashcan! =) When there's trash inside it it shouldn't use the same empty trashcan icon.
    – oblitum
    Jan 15, 2016 at 20:13

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