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How-to: Create a Desktop Shortcut on Ubuntu 11.10

Thanks to the changes effected by the Unity interface, adding a desktop short-cut is no longer easy. The old right-click on the desktop, selecting “Create Launcher” no longer works.

You can create a custom launcher on the desktop, either via the terminal or the run line invoked by Alt-f2

gnome-desktop-item-edit --create-new ~/Desktop

The New Launcher window opens for you to create the launcher commands. The new short-cut will now appear on your desktop as soo as you save it. RC

(Original tip found on the Upbuntu site)

About Robin Catling

Robin Catling gained degrees in both arts and technology which led to a diverse portfolio of employment. A freelance systems analyst, project manager and business change manager for the likes of American Express, British Airways and IBM, he moved on to web design, journalism and technical authoring. He has also worked in film and television, both behind and in front of the camera, including productions by Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Ron Howard and Ridley Scott. A qualified three-weapon coach, he runs West Devon Swords teaching sports fencing to all age groups, and in recent years qualified with the British Federation of Historical Swordplay to teach medieval and renaissance combat in the Historical Western Martial Arts.


6 thoughts on “How-to: Create a Desktop Shortcut on Ubuntu 11.10

  1. Nice tip

    Posted by Tushar Kumar | Nov 13, 2011, 3:57 pm
  2. Goede informatie, hier kan ik erg veel mee bedankt!

    Posted by Katherin Tosh | Nov 19, 2011, 12:09 am
  3. I surely didn’t know that. Learnt 1 thing new today! Thanks for that.

    Posted by Matelic | Dec 7, 2011, 7:31 am
  4. nice tip… follow for more details.

    Posted by Baban Gaigole | Dec 26, 2011, 6:19 am
  5. okay, after reading this i’m subscribing

    Posted by v. klupriecouy | Dec 26, 2011, 11:29 am
  6. Very usefull tips..,

    Posted by madhan prasath | Oct 18, 2012, 5:57 am

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