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Old 10-24-2007, 01:22 PM   #1
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How do you create desktop shortcuts?

How do you create desktop shortcuts?

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Old 10-24-2007, 01:28 PM   #2
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I guess, to begin with, that would require us to know which desktop environment you are using. Doncha think?
Old 10-24-2007, 01:36 PM   #3
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Desktop shortcuts are actually files that tell what to execute/show/do where, among other things. There can be different "standards" (for example different desktop environments could use their own kinds of 'desktop shortcuts' that didn't work elsewhere), but nowadays there are some agreed standards that at least the biggest desktop environments try to obey. Therefore KDE-made shortcuts should work in Gnome and vice versa.

The content of a desktop shortcut, which is a plain-text file, could be something like this (the file is called something.desktop, of which your desktop environment kindly hides the .desktop part, so the icon shows up just as something for you.):
[Desktop Entry]
GenericName=Some nice executable
Name=A Nice Thing
It's just made so that when your desktop environment finds a .desktop file, it reads it trough and handles it as a "desktop shortcut", reading the information from the file and working with it as configured.

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In Gnome, right click on the desktop and choose create launcher
Old 10-24-2007, 01:42 PM   #5
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Wow thanks guys!!! This is great stuff! Sorry I am a hardcore windows person trying to switch over to Ubuntu 7.10. I am actually testing it out with VMware so thats why I have all sorts of dumb/simple questions.

Thanks for the replies!
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