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Thread: Why no ability to place application launchers on desktop

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    Why no ability to place application launchers on desktop

    Can anyone explain to me why the more recent versions of Ubuntu no longer have or
    allow the ability to add application and/or website launchers (what MS world calls shortcuts) to the desktop ?

    This is one of the features that I especially liked about the older versions of Ubuntu,
    just can not understand why it is no longer available.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Why no ability to place application launchers on desktop

    You have to turn it on in GnomeTweaks

    gnomeTweaks.png

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    Re: Why no ability to place application launchers on desktop

    Which version release of Ubuntu are you using and what have you done to try to create your Desktop shortcut? I still use 16.04 and it's no problem.

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    Re: Why no ability to place application launchers on desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by cruzer001 View Post
    You have to turn it on in GnomeTweaks

    gnomeTweaks.png
    This says "show icons". Are you sure that is the same thing as creating a launcher (shortcut) ?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Why no ability to place application launchers on desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by yancek View Post
    Which version release of Ubuntu are you using and what have you done to try to create your Desktop shortcut? I still use 16.04 and it's no problem.
    To the best of my recall the last version of Ubuntu that I used that would allow the creation of a desktop launcher / shortcut, it was done by right-hand clicking on an empty space
    on the desktop and a sub-menu was opened, one function being "create launcher".

    I don't remember which version was the last to do this but it seems to me that it has been several versions back.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Why no ability to place application launchers on desktop

    the program that use to do that "gnome-desktop-item-edit" was part of gnome panel.
    you can still manually create it though. so your next ? will be where did the new file go?

    Code:
    touch "New File" ~/Templates
    will give you new documents-> new file back

    for *.desktop files put this in it & fill out.
    Code:
    [Desktop Entry]
    Type=Application
    Name=
    Comment=
    Icon=
    Exec=
    Categories=GNOME;

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    Re: Why no ability to place application launchers on desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by joverstreet1 View Post
    This says "show icons". Are you sure that is the same thing as creating a launcher (shortcut) ?
    I went to /usr/share/applications and drag to desktop.

    launcher.png

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