“Drag and Drop” apps to folders, may be coming to Gnome-Shell


Gnome-Shell is not known for embedding countless resources in its environment, this fame remains with KDE Plasma, many times its simplicity may not suit all types of users. Its application menu consists of a grid of apps, and some are in folders, however, the user is not at liberty to create new folders or add apps existing ones (at least not by default).

It seems silly to focus on something so «trivial». After all, they are just folders in the application grid. As absurd as that sounds, the appeal has been waiting for a long time. Will it now? Apparently thanks to the Brazilian GNOME developer, Georges Stavracas, the “Drag and Drop” feature of apps for folders that already exist in other interfaces, it’s coming to Gnome-Shell. So far what we can see in Gnome’s gitlab some are planned features, and others “working reasonably well”. See below a demonstration, of the channel baby WOGUE of the resource.

Drag and drop apps into folders

  • Move applications from the grid to folders (implemented);
  • Move applications from folders to the icon grid (implemented);
  • Create a new folder by hovering over an application icon (under development).

Added animations

  • Scale icons moved to folders (implemented);
  • Scale and position icon when hovering (under development).

Unfortunately it is not possible to create folders natively, just move files apps. The feature will probably arrive at Gnome-Shell 3.34 officially.

Extension for the «hurried» (I have used it for some time)

The resource has not yet officially arrived at Gnome-Shell, in fact it “even exists”, but it is very “hidden” and natively it is still very complicated to use it. As in Gnome-Shell extensions can “break that branch” and if you want to use this function, you can install the extension Appfoldes management extension.


With it you can create folders, add and remove applications in a very practical way (as it should be by default ???). Not sure how to add extensions to your Gnome-Shell? This post is perfect for you, a great step-by-step.

I learned to like GNOME, but I confess that some options would be valid. I understand the project’s philosophy of minimalism, however, some things should be reevaluated. Fortunately the Georges Stavracas has been doing a great job within the community, and GNOME seems to be more open.

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Source: OMG Ubuntu, GNOME Gitlab.

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