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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.


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

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    Why don't we try the simple solution first? Why do we think that stuff are too complicated and feel compelled to ask for help (At least that what i do :) ) – Lynob Aug 21 '13 at 21:32
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    Umm… because we're human? ;) – msw Aug 21 '13 at 21:33
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    And because while drag-dropping items in the sidebar makes shortcut, dragging them to the desktop makes a copy. That doesn't make any sense, so you usually end up reading documentation instead of trying the intuitive solution... – Enrico Jun 1 '16 at 3:28
  • @Zim I'm not saying it is good UI/UX, because it isn't; it is the UI we've got (or had in 2013) personally I never use it, so have no idea if it is still the same. – msw Sep 18 '16 at 2:17

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:


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.


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.

  • Consequently, drag and drop doesn't work in Tree View. – vcf Jul 28 '18 at 9:44

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