Create Shortcut / launcher on Desktop in Ubuntu 12.04

To create a shortcut to an application or location on the desktop (Ubuntu 12+), on terminal run -

Method 1: Installing Gnome Panel

  1. if a shortcut is being created for the first time,
    sudo apt-get install gnome-panel

    , else directly do step 2.

  2. gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Desktop/ --create-new
  3. In the launcher-creation window choose the type and location of the target. Click OK.

Method 2: For application shortcuts only

If shortcut to an installed application is to be created -

  1. Go to Home Folder –> File System –> usr –> share –> applications.
  2. Right click your favourite icon, choose Copy To –> Desktop

(from mhdizam’s comment, verified working)


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2 comments on “Create Shortcut / launcher on Desktop in Ubuntu 12.04

  1. mhdizam on said:

    easiest way to create favourite icon on ubuntu 12.04. Click Home Folder –> File System –> usr –> share –> applications. Right click your favourite icon, choose Copy To –> Desktop

  2. Robert on said:

    So why was this facility removed from the standard ubuntu install? I have several friends who were using older versions of Ubuntu and have go back to windows because they could not right click on the screen and create webpage shortcuts. Still they have not tried windows 8 yet!!

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