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Thread: How To? Make .url shortcuts on the desktop

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    How To? Make .url shortcuts on the desktop

    I have deskcut in my firefox browser but it doesn't seem to work.

    I was used to Windows desktop right click/new/shortcut and paste the url there but no dice in Ubuntu?

    Also can't drag a bookmark to the desktop.

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    Re: How To? Make .url shortcuts on the desktop

    desktop right-click does the trick for me...
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    Re: How To? Make .url shortcuts on the desktop

    You can make shortcuts on the desktop that point to webpages:

    Right-click on the desktop and select "Create Launcher"
    Give it a suitable name
    In the Command field, type firefox http://www.ubuntuforums.org (for example)
    Click OK

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    Re: How To? Make .url shortcuts on the desktop

    With the page displayed in Firefox, just drag the icon to the left of the address to the desktop.

    You can also drag a bookmark to the desktop. You can't drag one of the quick links from the toolbar below the address bar, however.
    Last edited by mgmiller; June 16th, 2009 at 12:54 AM.
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    Re: How To? Make .url shortcuts on the desktop

    If your trying to make a launcher to the forum pages it seams to only work if you copy the address and paste it in the launcher command box - after firefox and a space ....don't know why .. I'm on Hardy if that makes any dif.

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    Re: How To? Make .url shortcuts on the desktop

    Thanks to all.

    They all work fine. When I was trying to create one, I was failing to change the type to "Location".

    Now all is good.

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