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I'm using Thunar. What i want is remove Networks since i don't use it, and add Lello below videos. I know if you right click on any folder like videos you can remove the shortcut, I don't know how to add shortcuts.

  • can we also automate this via xfconf-query or something? I would like to use command-line only. Jan 26 at 1:25

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Under Thunar file manager, you can add to the shortcut pane by dragging items there as shown in the Thunar documentation.


An alternative to drag and drop is the Send To menu:

  1. Right-click on the folder you want to add as bookmark
  2. Send toSide Pane (Create Shortcut)

Drag and drop didn’t work for me. According to a post in the thread Thunar bookmarks are broken. Salix64 Xfce 14.1, the reason is the missing file ~/.gtk-bookmarks. After using the Send To method once, the file gets created (you could create it manually, too). When this file exists, drag and drop works again.

As the bookmarks get saved in this .gtk-bookmarks file (might depend on your version, though), another alternative is editing it directly:

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    In my Ubuntu 20.04 I found the file ~/.gtk-bookmarks was moved to .config/gtk-3.0/bookmarks
    – wnasich
    Jul 5, 2021 at 22:13

AHEM.... you probably have TREE VIEW enabled. In tree view, shortcuts do not appear in the side pane, even if they exist. (View menu > Side Pane > Shortcuts / Tree). The tree function presumably can't deal with shortcuts.

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    Consequently, drag and drop doesn't work in Tree View.
    – vcf
    Jul 28, 2018 at 9:44
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    Ctrl +E / Ctrl +B to do the quick switch, which is nice
    – 王子1986
    Sep 15, 2021 at 3:54

Do this:

  1. right-click on the folder you want
  2. in the contextual menu, put the pointer on "Send to"
  3. and then click "Side-pane (Create shortcut)"

edit: sorry, I didn't see the above answer. I only saw the complaint about drag & drop not working.

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