I tried to add a new launcher to a xfce panel on an Ubuntu 9.04. The problem is that I want to create a launcher for a .txt file - and the launcher does not give me the option of choosing "type".
A launcher "for a text file"? Very easy, just right click the file and Send To Desktop, it will create a shortcut link you can double click at the Desktop; or you may use 'ln' command. Go the folder of that "text file" you said, open terminal here, ...
linuxGirl@host--$ ln -s ./name-of-your-textfile /home/yourhome/Desktop/name-of-link
I read the following:
When you create or edit a launcher, the following properties can be set:
Type Use the drop-down list to specify whether this launcher starts an application or opens a document:
Application The launcher starts an application.
Application in Terminal The launcher starts an application in a terminal.
File The launcher opens a file."
Problem is: I don't have this drop down menu from where I can choose the type. Is this because of the Ubuntu version/Panel version?
Ah... so you mean you wanted to create a launcher button on the panel for your text editor? Under Xfce that's very easy. Ubuntu has simple ways of doing that, I am using Slackware Xfce. Just try this if it will work under Ubuntu:
1) Right click the panel where you want to put the launcher button.
2) Click Add New Item, then click Launcher, then click Add, a configuration button should open before you. What is important is the Command entry, into the slot, enter the following: /usr/bin/mousepad. Having this in order you can proceed to choose an icon click the ^ button for choices. Write anything you wish under Name say "Text Editor" will do, then under Description you can write anything "Linux:GirlsEditor" or anything. Click close. Check and try your new launcher.
3) If by mistake you miss the configuration window you can find the newly created empty launcher button at the panel, right click it, choose Properties, then you will configure it the same way above.
Hope it helps. Good luck and enjoy.