Adding shortcuts to the right click menu in Ubuntu

If you’re like me, you like the option of being able to open certain applications on the fly, simply by selecting them from your right click menu. It is possible to add your most used, or any applications to the Ubuntu right click menu with a tool called Nautilus Actions.

1. The first thing you need to do is install the Nautilus Actions application:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-actions

2. After it is installed, navigate to your System > Preferences menu and select Nautilus Actions Configuration

Adding Shortcuts to the right click menu in Ubuntu

You should now see the Nautilus Actions main screen

Adding Shortcuts to the right click menu in Ubuntu

3. Click the Add button and you should see the Add a New Action screen

Adding Shortcuts to the right click menu in Ubuntu

4. Fill out the Menu Item & Action properties with whatever you would like in your right click menu. Above, you can see I am using VLC as an example.

Next, click on the Conditions tab.

Adding Shortcuts to the right click menu in Ubuntu

5. Under the Conditions tab you need to make sure that Both is selected under “Appears if selections contains”.

Next, click on Advanced Conditions

Adding Shortcuts to the right click menu in Ubuntu

6. First, uncheck the “File / Local Files” box. Second, in order for the menu items you add to appear every time you right click, you will need to add a blank entry under the Advanced Conditions. To do this, click on the + and erase “new-scheme” and “new-scheme description” so that both entries are blank.

7. Click OK.

8. You now have added your first right click menu item. In order for the item to appear on your right click menu, you need to restart the nautilus daemon.

killall -HUP nautilus

Now you should be able to see the VLC media player on the right click menu.

Adding Shortcuts to the right click menu in Ubuntu

To continue adding more items to the menu, repeat steps 3 through 8 until you are satisfied.

9 thoughts on “Adding shortcuts to the right click menu in Ubuntu

  1. Great little tutorial, helped a ton. I’m wondering if you know of a way to add the Run Application command to the right click menu using this method. I’ve searched and searched and continued to come up empty.

    Thanks again.

  2. @Ben
    I’m not sure how to add the Run application command to the right click menu. I usually just use Alt+F2.

    @Apaulo
    What exactly do you mean? You want the Applications/Places/System menus to show up under the right click menu?

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  7. hello, i have nautilus actions configuration tool 2.30.2 and the interface of mine looks slightly different yours. i have followed all of the above steps except i am not able to add a completely blank entry under the “advanced conditions” tab, as it does not let me edit the description. only the name. if there is anyway you can tell me how i can proceed doing this i will greatly appreciate it thankyou for your time.

    regards

    - tim

  8. This tutorial is very outdated.
    Please delete this one and make a new tutorial with the new version.

    I don’t understand how to do this.

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