How to Add Folders to a Plank?


What is a plank?

Plank is meant to be the simplest dock on the planet. The goal is to provide just what a dock needs and absolutely nothing more. It is, however, a library which can be extended to create other dock programs with more advanced features. Plank is the most popular desktop Linux dock application.

Plank is a nimble, lightweight and customisable desktop dock for Linux desktops. It supports quick lists, app badging (aka ‘unread counts’), and hover effects; a small set of “dockets” are bundled with it (including a clock), and a huge array of third-party themes are available.

Did you know that you can add folders to Plank, the popular desktop Linux dock app?

You just drag and folder on to the dock and plop — folder attached. To add a folder full of app shortcuts you just need to create a new folder somewhere accessible, drop shortcuts to the apps you want to access through the folder, and drop it on to the dock.


  • 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.

Add group of apps to plank:

Adding a group of apps to the plank is similar to adding folder, except that you need to know where the shortcut icons are stored in elementary OS. First of all, you have to create a folder in some place where the group of apps need to be saved. adding it to ‘Documents’ for quick access when needed for regrouping is much better. You can copy the shortcut icons you need from /usr/share/applications/ and then paste it into the folder you created.Now, drag the App folder you created to the plank.


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