In this article, we will guide you through the process of displaying your favorite applications in the GNOME menu on Ubuntu 22.04. This can be particularly useful if you frequently use certain applications and want to access them quickly from the GNOME menu.
To display favorite apps in the GNOME menu on Ubuntu 22.04, you can use the "Favourites in AppGrid" extension. Install the GNOME Shell integration browser extension first, then install the "Favourites in AppGrid" extension. Once installed, you can access your favorite apps in the AppGrid view by right-clicking on them and selecting "Add to Favorites".
Before we begin, please ensure that you are running Ubuntu 22.04 with GNOME Shell version 40 or higher. You can check your GNOME Shell version by opening a terminal and running the following command:
This command will output the version of your GNOME Shell. If it’s 40 or higher, you’re good to go.
Installing the GNOME Shell Integration Browser Extension
To display your favorite apps in the GNOME menu, we will use a GNOME extension called “Favourites in AppGrid”. However, before we can install this extension, we need to install the GNOME Shell integration browser extension.
- Open your web browser and navigate to the following URL: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gnome-shell-integration/gphhapmejobijbbhgpjhcjognlahblep. This is the official page for the GNOME Shell integration extension on the Chrome Web Store.
- Click on the “Add to Chrome” button to install the extension. If you’re using Firefox, you can find the equivalent extension on the Firefox Add-ons website.
Installing the “Favourites in AppGrid” Extension
With the GNOME Shell integration browser extension installed, we can now install the “Favourites in AppGrid” extension.
- Navigate to the following URL: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/4485/favourites-in-appgrid/. This is the official page for the “Favourites in AppGrid” extension on the GNOME Extensions website.
- Click on the toggle switch to enable the extension. A dialog box will appear asking you to confirm the installation. Click “Install” to proceed.
Using the “Favourites in AppGrid” Extension
With the “Favourites in AppGrid” extension installed, you should see a new option in the GNOME menu called “AppGrid”. Click on it to open the AppGrid view.
In the AppGrid view, you will find all your favorite applications listed along with other installed applications. You can add or remove applications from your favorites by right-clicking on them and selecting “Add to Favorites” or “Remove from Favorites”.
By following the steps in this article, you should now be able to display your favorite applications in the GNOME menu on Ubuntu 22.04. This can make it easier to access your most frequently used applications, improving your productivity and user experience.
Remember to keep your system and extensions updated to ensure compatibility and security. If you encounter any issues or have any questions, don’t hesitate to consult the official GNOME Extensions website or the Ubuntu community forums for help.
To add applications to your favorites in the GNOME menu, open the AppGrid view by clicking on the "AppGrid" option in the GNOME menu. Then, right-click on the application you want to add and select "Add to Favorites". The application will now appear in your favorites list.
Yes, you can remove applications from your favorites in the GNOME menu. Open the AppGrid view by clicking on the "AppGrid" option in the GNOME menu. Then, right-click on the application you want to remove and select "Remove from Favorites". The application will no longer appear in your favorites list.
Currently, the GNOME Shell does not provide a built-in feature to customize the order of favorite applications in the menu. The applications are listed in the order they were added to favorites. However, you can remove all the applications from favorites and add them back in the desired order to achieve a customized order.
Yes, your favorite applications will be preserved if you upgrade to a newer version of Ubuntu. The GNOME Shell settings, including your favorites, are stored in your user profile and are not affected by the upgrade process. However, it is always recommended to backup your important data before performing any major system upgrade.
Yes, there are alternative extensions available to display favorite apps in the GNOME menu. Some popular alternatives include "Dash to Panel" and "Arc Menu". You can explore the GNOME Extensions website to find and install these alternative extensions based on your preferences.