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In Gnome you can right click a menu item and add to desktop. Can't seem to find a just-as-simple alternative in Unity? Anyone know?

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The only way thus far is to create a launcher on the desktop.

Example for Google Chrome

1 - Right click on desktop and select Create Launcher

2 - Give the application a name Google Chrome

3 - Enter the application command google-chrome

Now the icon for Google Chrome Appears on your desktop.

There's possibly an even easier way of doing this, but I'm unsure at the moment.

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At the login page enter classic view and add icons to the desktop as required. When you next revert to unity view they will all be on the desktop. Tom

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This is what I've had to do. Making a launcher manually takes long. This is also long. Until Unity offers more customisability I'm sticking with Gnome 2. But thanks. –  nLinked Jun 22 '11 at 16:58

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