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    Desktop Shortcuts

    What is the best way to create web desktop shortcuts with Ubuntu 20.04?

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    Re: Desktop Shortcuts

    Here is how to do it with Firefox

    https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb...ortcut-website

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    Re: Desktop Shortcuts

    Thanks Grahammechanical - I have tried that but although it drags the URL to the desktop it does not 'stick'. Any reason for that?
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    Re: Desktop Shortcuts

    There are several comments on the web that say Ubuntu 20.04 does not support 'drag and drop'
    The alternatives get quite complicated and there are several of them!

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    Re: Desktop Shortcuts

    Nothing is easy with the Gnome Desktop Environment. I will give you that. You are right. Drag and Drop of the web site address does not work. On the other hand, we can use Files>Copy to>Desktop to put a text file on the desktop. A script is a text file with the .sh extension. It will need to have Permissions set to Execute.

    I have messed around for several minutes trying to create a script that will load Firefox at the chosen web site and I have failed miserably. I can get the script on to the desktop. Sometimes a reboot is needed to get it to appear. I have failed. I am completely lacking in any scripting expertise. Sorry.

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    Re: Desktop Shortcuts

    Yes I managed to get a script file on the desktop but did not find it useful. The answer seems to be to use another File Manager which supports 'drag and drop' but finding one that integrates well with Ubuntu is difficult! I did not find Nemo very useful.
    There must be someone in the forum that knows
    Thanks for replying

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    Re: Desktop Shortcuts

    What is the best way to create web desktop shortcuts with Ubuntu 20.04?
    Xubuntu 20.04
    xubuntu 20.04.3 LTS (focal fossa)

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    Re: Desktop Shortcuts

    Thanks 3rd - thats useful- was hoping to stick with Ubuntu will try the suggested flavour Xubuntu.

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    Re: Desktop Shortcuts

    I do not use Ubuntu for the main reason that I think gnome has just about killed any pretence of a useful DE, and has removed so many useful features that for me it has become impossible to use, at least it has in its default state.

    I think I'm right in saying that to put desktop shortcuts (launchers) on the gnome desktop there is a need to use an extension but as I don't use gnome I am not sure exactly how that is done or which extension you will need to add.

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    I think I'm right in saying that to put desktop shortcuts (launchers) on the gnome desktop there is a need to use an extension but as I don't use gnome I am not sure exactly how that is done or which extension you will need to add.
    Ubuntu developers have a Gnome extension that does this. It is installed by default. I have three icons on my desktop. A folder icon that opens the file manager at my home folder. Courtesy of Ubuntu developers. An icon for the rubbish bin. In Ubuntu 21.10 it gets transferred on to the launcher. And an icon for a Windows program that I am running through Wine.

    This Windows program will load from the launcher icon. To get it loading from the desktop icon I had to click it and select Allow Launching. Perhaps that is what I am failing to do in my experiments. And they are just that. Experiments. I am not the OP.

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