Right click menu in Gnome desktop with user entries.

2010-07-18 270 words 2 mins read

I, along with couple of others I think, have been looking for this for quite some time. What I wanted is that when I right click on the desktop with GNome, I should see my entries in the default menu. I did quite  some search on this but no luck. Finally today, I did it and that too in two ways.

Lets do it the Gnome way first:

Install nautilus-actions using the command

sudo yum install nautilus-actions

Now run the command


you will get the box looking like this:

<img class="size-full wp-image-638" title="nautilus-actions" src="http://blog.amit-agarwal.co.in/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/nautilus-actions.jpg" alt="nautilus-actions" width="300" height="350" />

Now click on New or Edit and you have the window like this:

<img class="size-full wp-image-639" title="nautilus-add" src="http://blog.amit-agarwal.co.in/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/nautilus-add.jpg" alt="nautilus add" width="343" height="383" />

Enter the label, tooltip and select a icon from drop down or select your own icon.

Select main in profiles and then click on edit.

<img class="size-full wp-image-640" title="nautilus-action-profile" src="http://blog.amit-agarwal.co.in/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/nautilus-action-profile.jpg" alt="Action Profile" width="460" height="430" />

Enter the path and parameters for the program to execute. Now, time to make it appear on the Desktop right click menu:

Go to advanced tab and add a new schema called x-nautilus-desktop and select it:

<img class="size-full wp-image-641" title="nautilus-adv-desktop-schema" src="http://blog.amit-agarwal.co.in/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/nautilus-adv-desktop-schema.jpg" alt="Desktop Schema" width="460" height="430" />

Now send a HUP signal to nautilus or log out and login to Gnome and see your menu in the right click on desktop 🙂

For the second solution, install openbox.

sudo yum install openbox

open gconf-editor and go to the key /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop and unset it.

Login to Gnome/openbox and see the openbox menu instead. You can install obmenu to configure the openbox menu to your taste.


Authored By Amit Agarwal

Amit Agarwal, Linux and Photography are my hobbies.Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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