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[SOLVED] Creating shortcuts

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:30 am
by cookiem
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.

Re: Creating shortcuts

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:46 am
by Flemur
Have you tried
File-browser -> Rt-click on directory -> Send to -> Desktop
?

Re: Creating shortcuts

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:19 pm
by cookiem
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!

Re: Creating shortcuts

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:52 pm
by jimallyn
Try: right click on the desktop, then Create a new launcher here. Or drag and drop.

Re: Creating shortcuts

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:23 pm
by cookiem
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.

Re: Creating shortcuts

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:19 pm
by jimallyn
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?

Re: Creating shortcuts

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:36 pm
by kevinthefixer
Did you try a simple copy-and-paste? In some FMs, that will open a dialog asking whether to copy or link (two ways).

Re: Creating shortcuts

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:55 pm
by greerd
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.

Re: Creating shortcuts

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:31 am
by jimallyn
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.

Re: Creating shortcuts

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:14 pm
by cookiem
Thanks everyone, it looks like greerd's solution worked for me.

Re: [SOLVED] Creating shortcuts

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:19 pm
by austin.texas
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.

Re: [SOLVED] Creating shortcuts

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:53 am
by Shiano
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!

Re: [SOLVED] Creating shortcuts

Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:02 am
by p4045100363
I just signed up to log in and say thanks for that tip. That was badazz. :)

austin.texas wrote: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.

Re: [SOLVED] Creating shortcuts

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:26 am
by fsalles
In the file manager, click on the desired folder to select it (without opening it) and go to "Edit" in the menu. There is a command that lets you create a shortcut easily.

Re: [SOLVED] Creating shortcuts

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:43 pm
by axisofevil
There is an easier way!!!

In Cinnamon (nemo) right-click the file or directory & left-click on 'Make Link'
This will create a symbolic link.
You can cut and paste the symbolic link to a place in the path which is more convenient, if necessary.

Re: [SOLVED] Creating shortcuts

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:13 pm
by Bara-Bus
'Make Link' Does not exist...

Re: [SOLVED] Creating shortcuts

Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:54 pm
by DeadRinger
austin.texas wrote:
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.
YES! Great tip... This worked.
Thanks.

Re: [SOLVED] Creating shortcuts

Posted: Tue May 08, 2018 9:57 pm
by redhillian
Another who's created an account just to say that austin.texas 's post is the only one that worked for me!
austin.texas wrote:
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.

Re: [SOLVED] Creating shortcuts

Posted: Fri May 11, 2018 4:40 am
by heartnotes
Thanks greerd, worked 100% for my Unity install.

Re: [SOLVED] Creating shortcuts

Posted: Fri May 11, 2018 9:09 am
by lsemmens
To those who just popped in to say thanks. I'm certain that those who helped will appreciate it. Can I encourage you to hang around, you will certainly learn a hell of a lot, and you may even provide some assistance for those of us who are still novices, too.