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[SOLVED] Creating shortcuts

Postby cookiem » Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:30 am

Is there an easy way in Cinnamon to create shortcuts?

For example, I keep my files in various subfolders, and want to create a shortcut on the desktop that points to it so I can quickly open it.
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Re: Creating shortcuts

Postby Flemur » Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:46 am

Have you tried
File-browser -> Rt-click on directory -> Send to -> Desktop
?
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Re: Creating shortcuts

Postby cookiem » Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:19 pm

Flemur wrote:Have you tried
File-browser -> Rt-click on directory -> Send to -> Desktop
?

Hi & thanks for the suggestion ... but I don't have the option to "Send to > Desktop".

I know I can go to the Terminal to run the

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ln -s
command, but it seems to be a huge oversight that links can't be easily created in the GUI!

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Re: Creating shortcuts

Postby jimallyn » Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:52 pm

Try: right click on the desktop, then Create a new launcher here. Or drag and drop.
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Re: Creating shortcuts

Postby cookiem » Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:23 pm

jimallyn wrote:Try: right click on the desktop, then Create a new launcher here. Or drag and drop.

Thanks, but no go ... the launcher actually froze Cinnamon ... drag and drop obviously just moves the original file to the new location.

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Re: Creating shortcuts

Postby jimallyn » Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:19 pm

cookiem wrote:For example, I keep my files in various subfolders, and want to create a shortcut on the desktop that points to it so I can quickly open it.

Do you want to create shortcuts to folders, or to specific files? Or both?
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Re: Creating shortcuts

Postby kevinthefixer » Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:36 pm

Did you try a simple copy-and-paste? In some FMs, that will open a dialog asking whether to copy or link (two ways).

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Re: Creating shortcuts

Postby greerd » Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:55 pm

In nemo, right click on the file or directory, if you don't see a 'Make Link' click the little '+' at the top of the dropdown box to show more options, then drag the shortcut file that you create to your destination and rename if desired.
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Re: Creating shortcuts

Postby jimallyn » Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:31 am

OK, I created shortcuts to both files and folders. I had a picture in the Pictures folder named AudacityInSynaptic.png. I right clicked on the Desktop, then Create a new launcher here. I named the shortcut 'picture' and entered 'gthumb /home/jim/Pictures/AudacityInSynaptic.png' for the command. Then clicked OK. It works. Then I did another new launcher. Named it 'Downloads' and entered the command 'nemo /home/jim/Downloads' and clicked OK. That also works. If you want to use a different icon for your shortcut, click on the rocket icon and navigate to the icon you want to use.
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Re: Creating shortcuts

Postby cookiem » Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:14 pm

Thanks everyone, it looks like greerd's solution worked for me.

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Re: [SOLVED] Creating shortcuts

Postby austin.texas » Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:19 pm

To create symlinks in Linux Mint Cinnamon:
In the file manager (Nemo) open the View menu > Extra Pane.
Open the Desktop folder in one pane, and the source folder in the other pane.
Click on the folder or file you want to symlink.
Hold down SHIFT-CTRL and drag the folder to the other pane. A symlink will be magically created.
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Re: [SOLVED] Creating shortcuts

Postby Shiano » Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:53 am

I know it's solved, but I wanted to say that austin.texas' method is the only one that worked for me.

Thank you austin!


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