So, I seem to have 12.10 working better now than everything has been updated.

However, I do not like the big icons in the Dash.

I would like to either
i) have dash show as a "List"
ii) create my own group folders on the desktop where I can put all my apps; i.e. Games Folder, Office Apps, etc.

This way I can have "List" when I open a folder. However, how do I make a "short cut" for each item to be put into the various group folders.
In Windows, you can create a short cut by right clicking on an icon but in 12.10 this does not work. I can make a copy may be OK for a small game, but I don't want to have to make a copy of say, an office application.

Many thanks for any help.