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How to add icon to desktop

Postby Chrisoldinho on Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:04 am

Apologies, this is a ridiculous question and I feel stupid even asking it :(

I am wanting to add a couple of desktop items namely Firefox and Thunderbird.

When I try and drag and drop to the desktop I don't have the permission to place the link on the desktop.

I was toying with the idea of creating a desktop shortcut to the program but I don't know where to find the "Program Files"

You can tell i've come from Windows!!!

Thanks anyone,
Chris.
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Re: How to add icon to desktop

Postby proxima_centauri on Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:22 am

I think I troubleshooted the problem for you. I didn't think this should happen - so I tried and dragging Firefox from the mintMenu to the desktop worked flawlessly. Then I thought perhaps you were trying to drag Firefox from the "Favorites" view of the mintMenu, and it did not work for me that way. If that is what you have done, switch back to the "normal" menu and drag and drop from there - should present no more problems.

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Re: How to add icon to desktop

Postby alexxx24887 on Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:26 am

Have you tried to delete the available icons on the desk and then create a new one?

see also here:
viewtopic.php?f=90&t=26127&p=152694
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Re: How to add icon to desktop

Postby Chrisoldinho on Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:27 am

Thanks alexxx24887 but proxima_centauri's answer did the trick.

Thanks again,
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Re: How to add icon to desktop

Postby alexxx24887 on Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:32 am

Strange behavior by the mintmenu favorites :shock:. Enjoy Mint :D
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Re: How to add icon to desktop

Postby DrHu on Thu Jul 02, 2009 6:35 am

Chrisoldinho wrote:Thanks alexxx24887 but proxima_centauri's answer did the trick.

Yes trying to drop an item from favorites gets an error (pemission denied), from Mint menu>All>internet>firefox, has no problem. It also creates a slightly different command in the launcher created
--although I don't know I would call that the normal menu, my normal menu happens to be using the favorites, mainly since I don't have to run everything in the menu from A..Z

General method of making a desktop icon..
  • right-click on an empty area of the desktop
  • create launcher
  • browse to find firefox
    --in this case /usr/bin/firefox-3.0. I didn't check the other Firefox in the same directory, but in fact these Firefox files are links to firefox.sh in /lib. the file which looks like a single executable file like an *.exe is a a link to a script *.sh that actually starts Firefox..
  • Give the Launcher a Name FF3 or something similar
  • Run the icon now installed onto the desktop..
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Re: How to add icon to desktop

Postby emorrp1 on Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:36 pm

This is a bug in mintMenu, reported here so that you can follow its progress: https://bugs.launchpad.net/linuxmint/+bug/401160
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