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Thread: Desktop Shortcuts

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    Re: Desktop Shortcuts

    I really do not know why I am experimenting with this. Perhaps I am transitioning from depression to manic. Do not worry. Mr Grumpy will be back tomorrow. Oh, it is already tomorrow where I am. Grrr.

    I have had partial success. I can get a working Firefox icon on the desktop but I cannot get it to load to a particular web address. Perhaps the answer is to install another web browser and change it's home page to the particular web site.

    Use the file manager (Files) and go to /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop. Use Files Copy to>Desktop. That will put a Firefox icon on the Desktop. Click the icon and select Allow Launching. Now you have a Firefox icon on the desktop that launches Firefox. The file firefox.desktop is a text file so it can be edited to change the icon name. Look for [Desktop Entry]. Under that look for Name= edit what comes next to your preferred icon name.

    Under the heading [Desktop Action new-window] I have tried adding Exec=https://www.web site address. But that does not work. It has been an interesting distraction. And to think that I do not particularly like icons on the desktop!

    Regards
    It is a machine. It is more stupid than we are. It will not stop us from doing stupid things.
    Ubuntu user #33,200. Linux user #530,530


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    Re: Desktop Shortcuts

    Well I don't like littering my desktop with random launcher icons like Windows and I use unity. But as an experiment I logged into gnome shell just for the hack of it (man it is so sluggish and awkward). It doesn't work with nautilus, but it works if you use nemo to handle the desktop. I made a desktop launcher to google earth from Firefox like grahammechanical's link and it works if nemo is made to handle the desktop.

    Instructions here. It is really pretty simple. You need this additional step to make nemo the default file manager. In the terminal run

    Code:
    xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search
    If nemo is not refreshing after contents of folder change,

    add this line to /etc/sysctl.conf and reboot


    Code:
    fs.inotify.max_user_watches=524288

    BTW nemo is just a fork of old nautilus before gnome ripped out all the useful functions and made it a pain to use. So it certainly integrates well and is much more functional.

    P.S the desktop icons work in unity, I think because I already made nemo the default file manager and it was configured to autostart when unity was installed, but I had to do it again in gnome session.
    There is an option in gnome-tweak-tools to enable desktop icons but only for file manager and trash. I never know what is the use for trash anyway and file is already pinned to the dock so that is kind of useless.
    Last edited by monkeybrain20122; October 5th, 2021 at 04:31 AM.

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    Re: Desktop Shortcuts

    Thanks all for taking the time to reply. I have been using Ubuntu for a number of years but I think it's time for a change! Cannot agree more with ajgreeny comments so will give Xubuntu a go.
    Will make this reluctantly 'solved'
    Thanks again

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