Creating a program launcher under gnome 3

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http://forums.fedoraforum.org – I am running gnome 3 under Fedora 17. Previously with gnome 2, I could create a program launcher which sat in the horizontal bar on top for a program in /usr/local/bin. Under gnome 3, if I put the program name or location in the slot on the upper right, nothing happens. I want to have a launcher, if possible in the 'favorites bar' on the left. Can I do that in some way? I have gotten Advanced Settings and that way chosen to have the file manager manager the desktop. So I can in principle put the desired program launcher on the desktop, but I don't see how to do that either. -- (HowTos)