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I have created a symlink launcher icon on my desktop to open a program. When I set the icon for the symlink launcher it appears on the Desktop but when I drag it onto the Unity launcher the icon changes to the default spring icon.

How do I get the icon to show in the Unity launcher?

The icon I am using is a 24px x 24px PNG, does it need to be 256px x 256px instead?

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Create a .desktop file for it and place it in ~/.local/share/applications/. In the desktop file, specify an icon and quicklists if you want to. You'll then find it in the dash and you can drag it to the launcher.

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Brilliant thanks! –  travega Jan 16 '12 at 22:20
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