Dont we all...
welcome to the Path!
Well, there is a possible way.
: create a launcher. In XFCE you'd right-click and select just that. Fill out the blanks, navigate to the application and (if needed) supply some extra parameters. Oh, and a nice icon works miracles...
: create a symlink. Okay, dive into a console and you (should) end up in your home folder. Make your way to a folder. Enter this
ln -s /home/me/mystuff/thatprogram -some_parameter_if_needed
And you're set to quickly nav to a folder and enter the name there.
: cool, this one. It allows you to invoke anything system-wide. Enter this:
to POST-path, and to PRE-path
Difference, in pre-pathing, YOUR entry will me searched first, otherwise, all the rest has to be scanned first, and your entry/folder just waits for last...