How To Add Icons/Launchers To Docky When Running XFCE

By | August 11, 2013
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One of the many amazing things about Linux is the fact that you can customize it in a lot of different ways. Docks are especially attractive eye candy. There’s a lot of docks that you can use, Avant Window Navigator, or AWN for short, Cairo Dock, but the one that we’re gonna be talking about today is called Docky and what I’m gonna be talking about is how to add launchers to Docky in XFCE.

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I’m not sure if this is an issue with just XFCE or does the same thing happen on other desktop environments, but I’ve noticed that when you add an icon to the dock by dragging and dropping it onto the dock from the desktop, the created launcher will not work, not even a little. When you click on a launcher that was created by dragging and dropping an icon from the desktop something goes wrong, that’s at least what I’ve noticed under XFCE and the launchers simply do not work.

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A fix for this unusual issue, if you could call it that, is to run the application whose icon you want to see on the Docky Panel, right click on its icon which is usually showed for running applications in the dock and select Pin To Dock. This will add a different type of launcher, one that actually works. The only drawback of adding icons and launchers to Docky this way is that the applications has to run in order for their icons to be added.

Like I said, other operating systems might also be affected with this type of problem, and if you’re running Gnome, Unity or even Cinnamon the same trick should also work for them too, assuming Docky works on these. It should work on Gnome, that’s for sure. Anyway, if you’re having problems with adding launcher and icons to Docky, then this is definitely one of the things that you need to try. As always, leave comments down below if you having something to add.

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