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.
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
Find your application through the Linux Mint menu, right Click and press Add to Desktop
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 a symlink
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
- Launch Nautilus (the file manager).
- In Nautilus, click on Computer.
- From there, navigate to /usr/share/applications.
- Find the icon of the program you want a shortcut for, click on it, and type Ctrl+C to copy.
- In Nautilus, click on Desktop in the left pane.
- Type Ctrl+V to copy the shortcut to the desktop.
- 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.
- X out of the Properties dialog and also out of Nautilus.
Enjoy your new desktop shortcut!
from Linuxmint forum Creating shortcuts
In the file manager (Nemo) open the View menu > Extra Pane. Open the Desktop folder in one pane, and the source folder in the other pane. Click on the folder or file you want to symlink. Hold down SHIFT-CTRL and drag the folder to the other pane. A symlink will be magically created.
Sample for Firefox developer:
1- Create ~/.local/share/applications/firex-dev.desktop
[Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application Name=FirexFox Dev Icon=/opt/firefox-dev/browser/chrome/icons/default/default128.png Exec= "/opt/firefox-dev/firefox" Comment=Internet b for developer Categories=Development;Internet; Terminal=false StartupWMClass=test