Is it possible to add custom links to the Whisker menu?

I’m specifically interested in adding folders (downloads, music, etc.) to the favorites section so I can just click straight to them without opening Nemo or Thunar first

Have not been using Xfce for a good while so I am not sure if that would be possible or not.
But as an alternative, you could use a panel plugin which can do what you have in mind, I think:

It’s in AUR:

yay -Si xfce4-places-plugin 
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Version         : 1.8.1-1
Description     : Places menu plugin for the Xfce panel
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Depends On      : libnotify  xfce4-panel
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To add a link to e. g. “Music”, do the following

  • Run the following from the terminal
sh -c '
cat > ~/.local/share/applications/open-music-folder.desktop <<- "EOF"
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Open Music Folder
Exec=xdg-open Music

This will create a new menu entry called “Open Music Folder” in the “Other” category.
Just right click on it and choose “Add to Favorites”.


Great. I’ll try that next time I’m on XFCE

Hey, that worked. So if I want to do it with any other folder, I just put the name of whatever folder it is instead of “music”?

Edit: I tried it with my work folder and it worked.

It only saves me one extra click but I had gotten so used to it with the arc menu extension on Gnome. Thanks a lot


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