Extending the Shortcut Bar is actually a really easy customization that can be a huge convenience.
In the following example, we’ll add a button than opens a Google search window that searches for the name of the current record.
In the code base, the Shortcut Bar is referred to as the Dashlet Container Menu Bar. We will start by defining a new Extension that will add a new dynamic menu item to the DCMenu Bar. The file should be created in custom/Extension/application/Ext/DashletContainer/Containers/googleMenuItem.php with the following contents:
After adding the above extension, a quick repair will add the new button to the Shortcut Bar. However, in order to get Google to show, we will need to add the custom action used by the menu item. Adding the contents below to a custom php file called showGoogle.php in the custom/modules/Home directory will do the trick.
This certainly isn’t a production ready feature, but it should get you started on your own menu items.