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I'm currently using Fedora 16 w/ GNOME 3. I've created a new application entry for Xilinx ISE using Alacarte.

Here it is below: Alacarte

The application itself runs perfectly, however there is an issue with what category it was placed it: enter image description here

You can see that the applications was placed in the Other category, instead of the Programming category where I specified it to be placed in. I've also noticed that there was also an Electronics category created when I installed the Fedora Electronic Lab tools, but this is not visible.

My question is why are so many of my applications being placed in the Other category, and how to I fix this?

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You'll need to open the .desktop file that was created and change the Category= field. – Dan D. May 19 '12 at 3:13
@DanD. Where does Alacarte normally store these? All the other ones are in /usr/share/applications it seems. – sj755 May 19 '12 at 3:22
The ones that are user created appear in ~/.local/share/applications/. – Dan D. May 19 '12 at 3:24
@DanD. Well that worked, thanks. I just need to figure out how create new categories I suppose. – sj755 May 19 '12 at 3:38

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