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    Adding an Ubuntu Software Program to Favorites

    I'm trying to add FreeCAD to Favorites.

    1. When I install FreeCAD through Synaptic, installing a FreeCAD icon in Favorites is easy enough, but the program doesn't work.

    2. When I install FreeCAD through Ubuntu Software, I can run FreeCAD correctly from Ubuntu Software, but I can't move a launch icon to Favorites. Although Ubuntu Software agrees FreeCAD is installed, I can't even find FreeCAD through Activities.

    I have tried searching for the FreeCAD icon doing a system-wide search for the term FreeCAD. That search produced many more results than I want to go through. Even if I had found the icon, I wouldn't know where to put it.

    How do I add FreeCAD to Favorites?

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    Re: Adding an Ubuntu Software Program to Favorites

    This page documents how to create the .desktop file needed in order to place some programs in the favorites menu. https://forums.puri.sm/t/add-an-appl...nome-dock/3563
    Cheers & Beers, uRock

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    Re: Adding an Ubuntu Software Program to Favorites

    Caution: FreeCAD from Ubuntu Software is offered as a snap application (I searched from Ubuntu 19.04). Desktop files should be in:
    Code:
    /var/lib/snapd/desktop/applications
    Exec= command for snap will be complex.

    I can't even find FreeCAD through Activities.
    The above location should be included in the search on Activities Overview. (Note: All my installed snaps with .desktop files there are found in that search). Did you restart after installing?

    To be clear, is the problem just that a program icon shows in the dock when you run the program, but does not pin as a favorite?
    If the icon is not correct, find an icon using Google Image search. In at least one snap I installed, there was no provided icon.

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