Ubuntu – Desktop shortcut to create a new desktop shortcut doesn’t do anything


It's weird that creating desktop shortcuts is currently so primitive.

I found the following: Create Shortcut / launcher on Desktop in Ubuntu 12.04

That helps. However, if there's something wrong with the shortcut, it just doesn't do anything. For instance, I tried to create a shortcut for this command line to create a shortcut. When I double-click it, it just does nothing.

This is the resulting text of my "Create Desktop Shortcut.desktop" file on the desktop:

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=/usr/bin/gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Desktop/ --create-new
Name[en_CA]=Create Desktop Shortcut
Name=Create Desktop Shortcut

As I said, when I double-click this, or right-click it and select Open, nothing happens. Is there a log file where something about this would be written to?

Best Answer

To create Desktop shortcuts in Ubuntu,gnome-panel package is required first.

  1. Open Terminal. To open terminal click the Dash home from Unity launcher. And type terminal in the search field. And click Terminal.

  2. Type the below code in terminal and hit enter.

    sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-panel
  3. Then type below code in terminal and hit enter

    gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Desktop/ --create-new
  4. The create launcher window will pop-up,Type application name in the name field and type application name or path or browse in the command field. And click OK button.


    Example: CinePaint

  5. Now check your desktop for the shortcut.

    desktop shortcut

  6. If you want your shortcut to appear in the Unity launcher panel (the pop-out one on the left), you can drag it there from the desktop.

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