Desktop shortcut to create a new desktop shortcut doesn't do anything [duplicate]

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My experience with 12.04 in this respect is utterly weird. First of all, when I "upgraded" from 10.04 to 12.04, most of the previous desktop icons survived the transition and worked. The old Open Office icons were there, but did not work because the programs had been removed in the course of the upgrade.

For some programs, such as Calculator, I find that I can just drag the icon from the Dash to the desktop, and it works right away. For others, such as all of the Libre Office programs, the dragged item does not work but gives a message of "broken link." There is no possibility of fixing it, because when you right-click it and look at the Properties, you cannot edit the command field.

The suggestion to find the application in /usr/share/applications and use "Make link" never worked for me because "Make link" was gray on all the icons I looked at. Dragging or copying from this directory also produced "broken link" messages.

How to get good desktop shortcuts for...

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The above answers all assume that the desktop file is in /usr/share/applications, but sometimes it is not the case. So I posted my answer in case these answers do not work.

Usually when running the application or package you have installed, the icon of the application will appear in the launcher. That is to say, ubuntu has already automatically created a desktop file for the application. All you need to do is to find it and copy it to the desktop. More often than not it is in /usr/share/applications, as assumed by all other answers to this question, but sometimes it is in ~/.local/share/applications, or elsewhere you have no idea about. In the following I will add an icon for Qt Creator which is not in /usr/share/applications by default to the desktop to illustrate this method.

(1) After installation of Qt, run Qt Creator.

(2) Locate the path to the executable. This can be done by search the list of System Monitor in the Processes tab for the particular process...

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This question already has an answer here:

How can I create launchers on my desktop? 17 answers

You have to install gnome-panel package which comes up with ability to create a application launcher on the desktop or wherever you like. Add --no-install-recommends suffix to prevent other package that aren't necessary.

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-panel

After installing gnome-panel, use following command to create a launcher.

gnome-desktop-item-edit --create-new ~/Desktop

Once you execute the above command, create launcher application will be opened.

In Type field "Application" will be a default value. If you're creating launcher for application which has no gui, that runs in terminal like VIM editor then you need to select "Application in Terminal". In Name field type application name. In Command field type the executable command which open your application. Comment field is optional.


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I have found out a solution myself and want to make the answer here to be complete. It's done by a piece of codes of C# and PowerShell by Tome Tanasovski posted at .

You don't have to understand the codes well to have it worked. The good thing is that I don't need to download some 3rd exe and it's programmable so that I can open up the calculator and PDF viewer with just a single hot key.

Open up PowerShell command box, and simply paste all codes copied from the link above.



A list of AppUserModelId of some guessable app name is listed. E.g., I'm looking for Calculator. The AppUserModelId is "Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App". In the PowerShell command box, run

start-metroApp Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App

Of course you won't like to invoke Calculator again like this. You can save the commands (not all of them, e.g., the part of function get-metroApp is not...

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In this second article about desktop shortcuts we will cover how to create a desktop shortcut for a file or folder on your computer and one for a web page on the Internet. In this article we will cover the following:

Create Desktop Shortcut for a File or Folder

When you use a particular file or folder a lot, placing a desktop shortcut to that file or folder on your computer desktop can save time. A desktop shortcut is also helpful for a novice computer user who might forget how to find a particular file or folder on their computer.

Creating a desktop shortcut for a file or folder requires navigating your way to the file or folder and sending a shortcut to the desktop.

Navigate to the file or folder on your computer.

If you are not sure where the program saved your file, open the program, create a new file and use the Save As function under the File menu of the program. This will show you the path to where the program saves files by...

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Everyone has a favorite web page that they navigate to as soon as they open their web browser. Whether it's Facebook, Tumblr or your most beloved tech site (this one) we all have that one page that we consider more important than the rest.

But opening our browser and clicking the bookmark to our beloved David Hasselhoff fan page is so time consuming. We want to known what's happening in the Hoff's life now, not two seconds from now.

Thankfully, Google's Chrome allows you to create application shortcuts for your favorite web pages that can be added directly to your desktop, start menu or taskbar, letting you jump from your desktop to a web page in one click.

[How to Enable Offline Gmail in Chrome]

Navigate to your favorite page and click the wrench icon in the right corner of the screen.

Scroll down to Tools and select Create Application Shortcuts.

From the dialogue box, choose whether you want the shortcut to...
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You can use Firefox to create a shortcut on your computer's desktop to a page you've visited:

Resize the Firefox window so you can see both your computer's desktop and the Firefox window on the same screen. Click the icon on the left of the address bar (where the URL is shown). While still holding the mouse button down, move the pointer to the desktop, then release the mouse button. The shortcut will be created.

You can also drag and drop items to the desktop from the Bookmarks menu and the Library window to create shortcuts.

If you open the shortcut you made, your default browser will open, and display the page for which you made the shortcut. If you want to make Firefox your default browser, see Make Firefox your default browser.

In addition, there may be third-party Firefox extensions that can help you. For more information on searching for and installing extensions, see Find and install add-ons to add features to...

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If you are at work and you don't have any access to your computer and you want to open a link that you always use, but not in your default browser, here is how you can create web page shortcut on desktop to open the URL in a non-default browser.

For example, you have a link where you want to connect at work, using only Firefox, but you have the default browser set to Chrome which you don't want it and you really can't change anything because computer administrator restricted any access to your computer settings.

View Video Tutorial

Create Web Page Shortcut to Open in Firefox

As explained above about restrictions, Windows will not restrict the access to create web page shortcut on your desktop and you have to use this advantage. In my example I am using Windows 7, but this is applied for Windows 8, XP or whatever version you have.

Simply right click on your desktop and select New - Shortcut, so that we can create web page shortcut using the URL...

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At the side of the keyboard space bar on your Windows laptop or desktop computer is a button with the Microsoft Windows flag icon on it. This key is called the Windows key and it is used in combination with other keys on the keyboard as a shortcut to specific actions.

How to Display and Hide the Desktop

Use the Windows key + D shortcut to display and hide the desktop. Press and hold the Windows key and press D on the keyboard to cause the PC to switch to the desktop immediately and minimize all the open windows.

Use the same shortcut to bring back all those open windows.

You can use the Windows key + D shortcut to access My Computer or Recycle Bin or any folder on your desktop. You can also use the shortcut for privacy to quickly hide all your windows when someone approaches your desk.

Virtual Desktops

Windows 10 includes virtual desktops, which offer more than one version of your desktop. Use them to separate home from work activities,...

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The article tells you how to create a shortcut for Troubleshooting on the desktop in Windows 10 computer, as shown in the following screen shot.

Video guide on how to create Troubleshooting shortcut on Windows 10 desktop:

Steps to create Troubleshooting shortcut on Windows 10 desktop:

Step 1: Open a new shortcut on the desktop.

That is, right-tap blank area on desktop, point at New in the menu and choose Shortcut in the sub-menu.

Step 2: Locate Troubleshooting and continue.

In the Create Shortcut window, type %windir%\system32\control.exe /name microsoft.troubleshooting in the empty box, and then click Next.

Step 3: Name and create this shortcut.

Enter Troubleshooting in the box and hit Finish.


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To create a shortcut in Microsoft Windows, follow one of the steps below.

Create a shortcut within the folder the program resides

One of the easiest methods of creating a shortcut is to create the shortcut in the folder that the program resides and then copy and paste or move that shortcut to where you want it. To do this, follow the steps below.

Open the folder or directory that contains the program you want to create a shortcut for in Windows Explorer (called File Explorer in newer versions of Windows). Right-click on the program and select Create Shortcut.

Doing so will create a shortcut named "Shortcut to " in the current directory. If you want to rename this shortcut, right-click the file and select Rename. Once the above steps have been completed, you can copy or cut this shortcut and paste it anywhere to execute this program. You can also rename the shortcut anytime.

Create a shortcut using Microsoft's wizard

Move to the location or...

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First, this thread is not meant for those considered experts. This is more for those who find themselves to be technically deficient, but who also want to delve into Win8 CP. So if the latter applies to you, please read on. The rest of ya can get outta here!

OK, now that we got the nerds out of here, let's start.

From the Metro Start Screen (you know, the screen that Win8 CP takes you to every time you log-on), right-click anywhere on the background image and a toolbar should appear at the bottom with an 'All Apps' button in the lower left-hand corner. Click on it.

Now you are at the new Metro Apps menu, which (should) show all of your installed apps and programs, as well as some other OS Settings.

(Bonus Tip- Most peeps will either use the scroll wheel on their mouse to move through this screen, and some will use the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom. BUT, you can also scroll simply by dragging your mouse left and right! How? Move your mouse to the...

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While this may sound very basic to some users, others may find it useful. I received a couple of mails in the last few months asking me to prepare a basic tutorial on how to create shortcuts. So in this post, we will see how to create a desktop shortcut in Windows 10/8/7, for your favorite application, program, website, etc, and place it on your Desktop or any other folder, for easy access.

Create desktop shortcut in Windows 10

1] The simplest way to create a desktop shortcut for your favorite program is to right-click on its .exe file and select Send To > Desktop (Create shortcut). You will see that its shortcut has been created on your Windows desktop.

If you instead select Create shortcut, its shortcut will be created in the same location. You can then drag and drop into your desired folder location.

2] There is another way, and that is by right-clicking on your desktop and then selecting New > Shortcut. You will see the following box...

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While the icons on your Windows desktop are commonly referred to as shortcuts, some of them may represent actual files and folders saved in the "Desktop" directory on your computer's hard drive. If you delete a folder icon on the desktop, you may accidentally erase important files saved in the folder. You can safely remove folders from your desktop by moving them to another location on your computer's hard drive.

1. Right-click the folder icon you want to remove from the desktop, and then select "Properties" from the pop-up menu to open the Properties window.

2. Check the title at the top of the new window. If the title ends with "Shortcut Properties," then the icon represents a shortcut to a folder, and you can safely delete the icon without deleting the actual folder. To delete the shortcut, first click "Cancel" to close the Properties window, and then right-click the icon and select "Delete." Click "Yes" to confirm the deletion.

3. Open File Explorer if the...

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You can create a desktop shortcut to anything you like if you know how. You just need to know what file opens what program and luckily most programs that you have installed on your computer have an executable file to open them. They would look something like this: “NameOfProgram.exe”. You can find a programs .exe file where it is installed, usually in program files in your C: drive.

You can even Create a desktop shortcut to open regedit instead of having to go the long way round to open the registry. There are so many good reasons to know how to create a desktop shortcut.

How to create a desktop shortcut

This tutorial about how to create a desktop shortcut will apply for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Seven.

1. First you must right click on your desktop and the menu will appear like the one below.

2. Choose New from the menu.

3. Then choose Shortcut from the next menu that appears.

4. The box below appears. Here you...

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I recently reinstalled the game and I'm not sure why launching the game from different shortcuts gives different results.

If I click on the desktop shortcut, the game will launch and then immediately crash when it reaches the main menu. It also plays the intro that the -novid command skips, despite it being in my launch options.
Says it cant load item.txt file in scripts. tried reverifying too.

Launching tf2 works if I press play through steam.

I recently reinstalled the game and I'm not sure why launching the game from different shortcuts gives different results.

If I click on the desktop shortcut, the game will launch and then immediately crash when it reaches the main menu. It also plays the intro that the -novid command skips, despite it being in my launch options.
Says it cant load item.txt file in scripts. tried reverifying too.

Launching tf2 works if I press play through...

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Windows 8 offers easy options to place a tile on the Start screen, “Pin to Start”, and to put an icon on the desktop taskbar, “Pin to taskbar”, but the method to create a desktop shortcut is not obvious at all. Here is how you can quickly put a shortcut icon on your Windows 8 desktop for any installed desktop program. This does not work for the Windows 8 style apps that only run in the non-desktop environment.

Press the Windows logo key to open the Start screen. Right-click on an empty space and click All apps in the bar at the bottom.

Find the program – you may have to scroll – and right-click its tile.

Now you get the options on the bottom for a number of tasks. Click Open file location (see the red arrows in the illustration). This switches you to the desktop and opens File Explorer. The shortcut location for the program will already be selected. Right-click on the program name, move the pointer down to Send to then horizontally over to the sub-menu...

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If you’re looking for a simple, easy way to switch your desktop icons display on and off – literally at the press of a button – then check out this tiny little free app.

HideDesktopIcons emulates the “display desktop icon” command in the Windows context menu, packaged in a simple icon that can be placed anywhere (or alternately launched via a keyboard shortcut). A single click will hide the desktop icons and/or display them again; there is no user interface or any dialogs of any sort.

We do quite a bit of videoconferencing at work as well as screen sharing for presentations, and the first thing that I like to do in these situations is switch off my desktop icons (a clean desktop looks so much more professional and is so much nicer to look at).

One of the things I liked about the desktop icon organization tool Fences, which I used to have on my machine, was a secondary function whereby double clicking on any blank part of the screen would cause the desktop icons...

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this posting will describe how to create program shortcuts on the root folder of a USB drive that preserve the relative path of the USB drive’s folder structure (such that these shortcuts will always work no matter what drive letter Windows assigns the drive).

It will also aim to preserve the icon of the application in the new shortcut.

The problem: say you have a portable app that in a folder on a USB drive with, for example, a path such as “F:\EjectUSB\EjectUSB.exe”. Say, moreover, that you would like to create a shortcut to “EjectUSB.exe” and place it on the root folder of your USB (“F:”, in this case). You might be tempted to simply copy a shortcut and place it on the root folder; except for one thing: that shortcut will always refer to “F:\EjectUSB\EjectUSB.exe”, and should you plug your USB drive into a computer that assigns a different letter to the USB drive (i.e. a letter than is not “F”) the shortcut will break down and not work. Hence the need for a...

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What is it?

Cygwin is a distribution of popular GNU and other Open Source tools running on Microsoft Windows. The core part is the Cygwin library which provides the POSIX system calls and environment these programs expect.

The Cygwin distribution contains thousands of packages from the Open Source world including most GNU tools, many BSD tools, an X server and a full set of X applications. If you're a developer you will find tools, headers and libraries allowing to write Windows console or GUI applications that make use of significant parts of the POSIX API. Cygwin allows easy porting of many Unix programs without the need for extensive changes to the source code. This includes configuring and building most of the available GNU or BSD software, including the packages included...

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