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I have recently switched to Ubuntu from Windows where I was used to drag the icon on the left of the URL in the address bar of Firefox to my desktop to create a shortcut of the open page there. Now, in Ubuntu it doesn't create a link/shortcut, but rather it saves the content of the current page as a file.

Is there a way to get the Windows behavior?

Similar to this question, but a different browser/OS setup. I'm on Ubuntu 10.04 and FF 3.6.8

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Definitely via the deskCut add-on. It adds a shortcut option to your context menu in Firefox that will create a shortcut of the current page on your desktop:

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Advertised to support Firefox 3.5 and under, but it is still working flawlessly in my Firefox 3.6.8, and according to others, Firefox 4.0 beta as well.

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Install deskCut v0.6.0.1 (supports 3.0 - 3.6.*) – Hello71 Aug 24 '10 at 2:11
Yep, that was recently updated by the dev after others claimed it still worked in newer versions (see comments). – John T Aug 24 '10 at 2:13
Thank you very much! Doing just what I have been looking for. Now I will just have to retrain my drag-and-drop habit to right-click and save. – JannieT Aug 24 '10 at 5:50
While I was installing your suggested add-on (my first one under ubuntu), I discovered a better way of getting the behaviour I am used to. If I ever need to re-enable the ubuntu modifications add-on, I'll revert to your method. I sadly don't have enough reputation to vote you up. – JannieT Aug 24 '10 at 6:12
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I thought the default behaviour is changed by the "ubuntu firefox modifications" add-on, because after disabling this add-on I could simply drag the url to my desktop to make a shortcut, like I was used to. However, after enabling it again I can still drag and drop URL shortcuts so my problem has resolved itself somehow.

This question has useful information about the add-on and it seems like it doesn't do anything really useful, so I might leave it disabled.

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