Clumsy Favorites in GNOME Shell

Dennis Jacobfeuerborn dennisml at
Fri Feb 25 13:34:23 UTC 2011

On 02/25/2011 02:09 PM, drago01 wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 1:49 PM, Michael Schwendt<mschwendt at>  wrote:
>> In GNOME Shell, I've added a couple of apps to the "Favorites".
>> Now, to start a first "xterm", I can single-click its icon in the list of
>> Favorites.
>> To start another one, I need to right-click the icon to open a context
>> menu in order to start another xterm. A left-click only asks me whether
>> I want to remove the item from the Favorites.
>> This is confusing me. Why isn't it the opposite? Right-click to open a
>> context menu for removing the item from the favourites, and single click
>> to _always_ start the app?
> Well currently it should work like this:
> 1) When you click on it it will either start the app or switch to it's
> most recent window when running
> 2) Click and hold or right click opens the context menu (Add/Remove to
> Favorites, New Window)
> 3) You can open a new window by holding down ctrl and clicking on it
> or by dragging it on a workspace

That sounds pretty reasonable though the "left-click to remove" bit is 
quite unintuitive I think. When I click something the last thing I expect 
is a delete/remove/destroy action (except when I explicitly click on a 
delete icon). I think it would be better to simply let the user drag the 
app out of the favorites area as in "I don't want the app to be among my 
favorites any more". The action almost literally translates to the intent.


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