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My question is simple. Is there any fast and easy way of creating .desktop files for shortcuts?

For example, I think you can right click and create .desktop shortcuts in Linux Mint.

I already know how to create them from a text editor like this:

[Desktop Entry] Type=Application 
Name=Eclipse Comment=Eclipse IDE
Icon=/home/jahedev/dev/eclipse-std/icon.png
Exec=/home/jahedev/dev/eclipse-std/eclipse
Terminal=false
Categories=Development;IDE;Java;
StartupWMClass=Eclipse
Name[en_US]=Eclipse

So are there any GUI apps that can do this?

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possible duplicate of How can I create launchers on my desktop? –  Mateo Sep 11 at 16:25

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Have a look at Arronax:

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It's available as a plugin for Nautilus and as a standalone application.

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You can try alacarte (Main Menu):

Alacarte is an easy-to-use menu editor for GNOME that can add and edit new entries and menus. It works with the freedesktop.org menu specification and should work with any desktop environment that uses the spec.

By default, is not installed. From terminal, you can install it using the following command:

sudo apt-get install alacarte
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On Ubuntu 12.04 or 14.04 there's gnome-desktop-item-edit which comes as part of the gnome-panel package:

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You could integrate this into your file manager with the following script:

#!/bin/bash

gnome-desktop-item-edit --create-new ~/.local/share/applications

Generic installation instructions for Nautilus scripts: How can I install a Nautilus script?

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