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I have dragged a folder from a Nautilus window to the desktop, holding Ctrl+Shift to create a shortcut (well, a symbolic link). However, when I open it from the desktop, instead of showing /home/scott/Documents/asd/folder it shows /home/scott/Desktop/folder. But sometimes I want to go up a level or two, and can only go to Desktop, not asd.

I understand that's how symbolic links work, but is there a way to create a shortcut to the target folder directly?

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Right-click on Desktop (or in any folder in Nautilus), Create Launcher, set Type to Location, set the name type and type in the location (annoyingly if you click Browse it will only accept a file), click OK.

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I can't find a "Create Launcher" option on any right-click menus? – 8128 Oct 25 '10 at 18:26
Can I make it show a folder icon? Where would the required icon file be? – DisgruntledGoat Oct 25 '10 at 18:33
The icon should be in /usr/share/icons/your_theme/places/size (if you can, choose an .svg file). Or in ~/.icons/your_theme/... – Alfredo Hernández Oct 25 '10 at 18:39
Thanks, eventually found it! My theme is "Radiance" and the icon set is apparently "Ubuntu Mono Light", but the matching icon was in /usr/share/icons/Humanity/places/64/folder.svg. Go figure. – DisgruntledGoat Oct 25 '10 at 18:59
Icon themes can use (or "fall back to") other themes, that's what happens here. – JanC Oct 25 '10 at 20:10

Create a launcher with the command

nautilus *

where *  is the folder path.

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Creating a link to folder f1, (Can go up level or two).

ln -s /home/xxxxxxx/path/f1 ~/Desktop

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That's a symlink, he specifically asked for a shortcut. – Marco Ceppi Jun 3 '11 at 12:14
In fact, the OP asked specifically NOT to use a symlink. – hexafraction Aug 13 '12 at 12:19

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