Clumsy Favorites in GNOME Shell

drago01 drago01 at
Fri Feb 25 13:48:43 UTC 2011

On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 2:34 PM, Dennis Jacobfeuerborn
<dennisml at> wrote:
> 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).

Err you have to select "remove from favorites" from the menu after the
right click (and you will be asked whether you want to undo that or
not in case you did it by accident).

> 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.

This conflicts with the the fact that you can drag an icon to open it
on a specific workspace, also you can just drag and drop it on the
trash icon that shows up in the end of the dash.

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