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I'd want to put Firefox, Rythmbox and Libreoffice in the desktop, but Ubuntu doesn't allow me to paste them directly, what can I do?

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Open Nautilus, navigate to /usr/share/applications. Then copy and paste the .desktop-Files to your desktop.

You can also drag'n'drop from there with the middle mouse button (usually by clicking your scroll wheel) and choosing "Copy here" on the desktop.

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Thank you,I tried,but it says I'm not allowed,even opening Nautilus as sudo. – Roque Oct 20 '13 at 18:42
Try it via the terminal (from your home directory): sudo cp /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop ./Desktop/firefox.desktop and post the result – the_Seppi Oct 20 '13 at 18:44
Thank you! I could. Thank you a lot!!! – Roque Oct 20 '13 at 18:46
Fine. Please accept my answer. – the_Seppi Oct 20 '13 at 18:48
@Takkat. When you try to move it, yes, but when you hit <kbd>Ctrl</kbd> it should work. – the_Seppi Oct 21 '13 at 16:40

As mentioned earlier, navigate to /usr/share/applications, but rather than copy/paste (this will copy all of the files contents), right click and make a link then copy THAT which will just copy the icon and not the entire folder contents.

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