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I want to create a shortcut to my program on the desktop on Linux Mint 18, but I simply can't find any ways to do this.

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There are multiple ways to do this:

Method 1 (directories)

Go to the folder you want, right Click and select Make Link, then drag and drop it on the Desktop

Make Link

Method 2

Find your application through the Linux Mint menu, right Click and press Add to Desktop

Add to Desktop

Method 3

Right click on the Desktop and press Create Launcher

The pop up window will ask you to either enter a terminal command that will launch it, or browse through the directories.

Create Launcher

Method 4

Create a symlink

Symlink shortcut

Note: To successfully create a symlink you have to provide the full path, otherwise you could get a broken link. Generally a symlink syntax is ln -s SOURCE DESTINATION.

You do not need to specify a filename in the DESTINATION, just where you need to place it

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Or, even easier, just hold Ctrl+Alt+Shift and drag and drop your file/executable.

Unless they changed that from 17.3 to 18.x, but doubt it.

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  1. Launch Nautilus (the file manager).
  2. In Nautilus, click on Computer.
  3. From there, navigate to /usr/share/applications.
  4. Find the icon of the program you want a shortcut for, click on it, and type Ctrl+C to copy.
  5. In Nautilus, click on Desktop in the left pane.
  6. Type Ctrl+V to copy the shortcut to the desktop.
  7. Right-click your new shortcut, click Properties, click on the Permissions tab, and make sure that the Allow executing file as program box is ticked.
  8. X out of the Properties dialog and also out of Nautilus.

Enjoy your new desktop shortcut!

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  • you should of moved it then and pm'ed me as to why. NOT edited to remove whe issue i came here about. – MrGrimm Nov 9 '18 at 16:27
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