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Is it possible to change the default shortcut desktop "gearwheel" icon, as in Windo$e? If so, how? I'm still trying to find my feet with Linux but I have at least managed to install a couple of new packages (Opera and Firebird as alternative browsers. I can't find entries for these apps on the "start" menu so I tried the Windo$e approach for creating desktop shortcuts and was pleasantly surprised when it worked. But I feel sure that it should be possible to get application-specific icons instead of the generic cogwheel.
Quite easily. Probably under the same place (KDE is KDE, even though I use Redhat, you use Mandrake). Find under preferences, file associations (or open Konqeuror:Settings:File Associations). Then, under the applications tab, you want to find x-desktop. Once you do that, you will see the 'Default' icon for the filetypes *.desktop and *.kdelnk. Click on the icon and it will bring up many choices.
FYI, that is how you change all your icons, as the show up in filemanagers, etc.