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Thread: Thunderbird and other apps to the dekstop.

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    Thunderbird and other apps to the dekstop.

    Hi.
    I'm running Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS.

    I want to have shortcuts on the desktop for for instance Thunderbird.

    Have tested with opening Applications->Internet->Thunderbird, and then right click for make a shortcut on the desktop.

    But what only happens is, that Thunderbird opens.

    What can I do?.

    My desktop looks like this one:
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    Re: Thunderbird and other apps to the dekstop.

    Hi

    Launchers for all installed applications are stored in /usr/share/applications so all we need to do is copy the thunderbird one to the desktop and make sure it can be executed. Just fire up a terminal and run:

    Code:
    cp /usr/share/applications/thunderbird.desktop ~/Desktop
    chmod 755 ~/Desktop/thunderbird.desktop
    And that's it!

    Hope this helps!

    Barry
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    Re: Thunderbird and other apps to the dekstop.

    Change to a non-Unity GUI or setup accel keys that launch whatever app you like without any mouse use. Something like <super>-T for Thunderbird, <super>-F for firefox .... The underlying Window manager almost certainly supports this if you can't find a GUI interface to make it so. I'm fairly certain that Unity does this too, but I dropped that GUI back in 2011 and remove it from every install these days. It doesn't work well with my hardware.

    Here is an example: http://blog.jdpfu.com/2011/05/11/get...ucid-stability

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    Re: Thunderbird and other apps to the dekstop.

    Change to a non-Unity GUI or setup accel keys that launch whatever app you like without any mouse use
    That's definitely an option although it's not actually answering the question that was asked. Also if you take a look at the screenshot provided you'll see that erikja is using gnome classic, otherwise known as gnome-session-fallback of course if you prefer to have keyboard shortcuts as I personally do, here's an alternative way of doing it.

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/ubunt...-ubuntu-linux/

    hope this helps!

    Barry
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    Re: Thunderbird and other apps to the dekstop.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheFu View Post
    Change to a non-Unity GUI or setup accel keys that launch whatever app you like without any mouse use. Something like <super>-T for Thunderbird, <super>-F for firefox .... The underlying Window manager almost certainly supports this if you can't find a GUI interface to make it so. I'm fairly certain that Unity does this too, but I dropped that GUI back in 2011 and remove it from every install these days. It doesn't work well with my hardware.

    Here is an example: http://blog.jdpfu.com/2011/05/11/get...ucid-stability
    Thank you for the suggestions. I'm not sure what my GUI is called, can you tell me it ?. What is accel keys ?.

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    Re: Thunderbird and other apps to the dekstop.

    Quote Originally Posted by PowerBarry43 View Post
    Hi

    Launchers for all installed applications are stored in /usr/share/applications so all we need to do is copy the thunderbird one to the desktop and make sure it can be executed. Just fire up a terminal and run:

    Code:
    cp /usr/share/applications/thunderbird.desktop ~/Desktop
    chmod 755 ~/Desktop/thunderbird.desktop
    And that's it!

    Hope this helps!

    Barry
    Hi Barry. This worked, many thanks

    Erik

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    Re: Thunderbird and other apps to the dekstop.

    Quote Originally Posted by PowerBarry43 View Post
    That's definitely an option although it's not actually answering the question that was asked. Also if you take a look at the screenshot provided you'll see that erikja is using gnome classic, otherwise known as gnome-session-fallback of course if you prefer to have keyboard shortcuts as I personally do, here's an alternative way of doing it.

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/ubunt...-ubuntu-linux/

    hope this helps!

    Barry
    Barry, ALT F2 doesn't work on my system. Can you tell me whay ?

    Erik

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    Re: Thunderbird and other apps to the dekstop.

    Hi

    Based on a quick google I think that's a quirk of gnome-classic (which is the name of your GUI) you can easily set the run command shortcut to alt-F2 like this


    "In Applications -> System Tools -> System Settings -> Shortcuts -> System set Show the Run Command Prompt to Alt+F2"

    taken from

    http://www.flynsarmy.com/2011/11/how...0-more-usable/

    I know the URL says ubuntu 11-10 but this should still work

    Hope this helps!

    Barry
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    Re: Thunderbird and other apps to the dekstop.

    Barry.

    I think this is a shortcut to an app..

    What I would want is to have ALT F2 to open a field, where to input the name of the app to be opened. For instance Gedit

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    Re: Thunderbird and other apps to the dekstop.

    Barry.

    Just checked ALT F2, and it opens as wanted.
    Sorry for the mistake

    And thanks to all here, that replied to my different quieries

    Erik

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