I know that some docks support folders. Does Plank? If so, how can I add them?

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Yes, Plank support folders for both apps and filesystem locations.

For Filesystem Locations

  1. Find the path/folder you want to create a shortcut to in Files.
  2. Drag the folder to Plank.

For Apps

  1. Create a folder in ~/.local/share/applications
  2. Copy in the desired applications from /usr/share/applications/
  3. Drag the folder to Plank.

  • does it also work for plank?? @crow Jul 5, 2015 at 14:14
  • @Adityaultra - this IS about Plank, eOS's default dock
    – user170
    Jul 5, 2015 at 14:44
  • sorry docky @cipricus Jul 5, 2015 at 15:19
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    But then you will have the entries under Applications doubled. If you add the line NoDisplay=true to the .desktop files in your folder, they will not be displayed under Applications, but in your folder in plank.
    – tim2611
    Jul 8, 2015 at 8:44
  • in fact you do not need a special location for the added folder, just not to require administrative access rights. I put mine in something like ~./My_launchers and thus avoid the problem mentioned by @tim2611
    – user170
    Mar 15, 2016 at 14:55

You can use Gnome-Pie as an alternative to grouping applications in the dock.


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:simonschneegans/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-pie

Video demonstration on Vimeo.

  • 3
    Not quite what I was looking for but an interesting alternative.
    – RolandiXor
    Jul 7, 2015 at 4:55

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