A .desktop file is a launcher. When run, it executes a command, which usually launches an application. Use this tag if you are asking a question about using a .desktop file or about the .desktop file format in general.

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Ubuntu mate desktop not responding

Here is link to my desktop screenshot: http://imgur.com/WfQuy7W I recently installed KDE and after I realize that ubuntu mate is better than KDE I moved back to mate.. But then all my desktop files ...
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How can I force terminal to always open in a specific desktop, regardless of which one I'm in when I press the shortcut

Basically the title. Using Lubuntu 14.04. Use case: I have two desktops, I'm in #1, I press Ctl Alt T , it opens in Desktop 2. I'm in #2, press Ctl Alt T it opens in Desktop 2.
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How to create a Desktop Shortcut for all users in Ubuntu 14.04 for AD joined machine

I'm looking to create a simple shortcut to a folder that will appear on all users desktops when they login into an Ubuntu 14.04 machine. The machine has been joined to a Microsoft AD. Help ...
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how to open file with spaces in name via wine app?

I have .desktop file for wine-like app that opens MS Word: [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Version=1.0 Icon=x-vmware-564d5302e9430a5d-1416be4d2596d246-Microsoft-Word-2010 Terminal=false ...
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How to hide the whole Desktop with a permanent fullscreen image (above)?

I use Ubuntu to make a kinda hotSpot (wifi). I dont want anyone (thief or hacker) to be able to navigate into the system by pluggin-in keyboard-mouse-screen. (Unless me or my collaborators). At boot ...
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14.04 Can I create a sound indicator item for a script?

I have made a script to interact with MPC on the command line and would like to add to it so that I can control it in the Ubuntu sound menu. I have added my .desktop file (Below) to the sound menu. ...
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How can I use two firefox profiles?

I run Ubuntu 14.04 and want to use one installation of Firefox with two different profiles for the same logged in Ubuntu user. How can I set this up, so that I may easily launch both profiles from ...
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How to Customize the size of the Folder & Files in the desktop?

There are some folders in my desktop which seems large in size (Bulky) !!! No Option to change it, Even Right-Click !!! I would like to Customize it. How to do it?
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14.04 LTS on old Pressario Desk top is blank but short cuts are there if you can remember where they are!

I have a Compaq Pressario that has been running Ubuntu for a few years. Now I have the problem that I can log in and it refreshes the background, flashes then sits there, no icons. The mouse is active ...
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How to add options to unity launcher in Ubuntu 14.04LTS?

I couldn't find format option when I right click on my pen-drive in Ubuntu 14.04. I think it was available in earlier versions of Ubuntu. So now I would like to add Format option i.e when I right ...
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Can't Upgrade Ubuntu Enablement Stack

The ubuntu docs tell me that I can upgrade my desktop to 14.04.2 by running: sudo apt-get install --install-recommends \ linux-generic-lts-vivid \ xserver-xorg-core-lts-vivid \ xserver-xorg-lts-vivid ...
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Help with “Exec=…” line for .desktop launcher - command works only in terminal [closed]

I want to add another context menu option to my Thunderbird launcher in Unity. However, it does not work. The additional action appears in the launcher's context menu, and when I click it the cursor ...
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Good Intellij installation on ubuntu 15

So I installed intellij idea. The installer does not create a desktop icon (...) and further more, when I try deploying my files to my xampp (lampp) installation, I get an error. I guess this is due ...
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Is it possible to set the terminal emulator used by desktop configuration files?

I have Octave 4.0.0 installed on my PC (which isn't available in the software centre btw or any PPAs I'm aware of, I installed it from source) and my preferred way to use it is via the command-line ...
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Custom LiveCD — Skip Install/boot to desktop and run custom app

Following the list of instructions here, I was able to create a LiveCD that I can boot (testing in Virtualbox) but I can't seem to find a way to "boot to desktop", skipping the "Install dialog" ...
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Hide System Settings Applications in Dash

Is there any way to remove an application icon from the dash but keep it in the System Settings? I find it useless to have them in the dash, and it really clutters the display there.. Accessing them ...
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.desktop launches app with custom icon. why not shell?

I have a .desktop file that launches an app, and it uses the .desktop icon: [Desktop Entry] Name=My Ro Type=Application Comment=Web Application Exec=/path/to/myapp -test Icon=/opt/giteye/icon.xpm ...
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Adding TeamSpeak3 to Unity launcher

I've extracted TS3 in to /opt Folder, marked the ts3client_runscript.sh as executable, added a file named teamspeak3-client.desktop to /usr/share/applications with the content: [Desktop Entry] ...
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How to show files in desktop in KDE 5 like file explorer?

With cinnamon, gnome or in windows, we can put files on desktop as it like in file explorer. How can I do this in kubuntu with KDE5?
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pkexec command in a .desktop file

I made a .desktop file for Androxyde's Flashtool (utility for Sony Xperia devices that I have to open with an executable file in its folder) that requires root privileges to use fastboot utilities. I ...
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Desktop under Ubuntu server 14.04.2 doesn't work

I've already installed Ubuntu Server 14.04.2 After it I've executed: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop After reboot, I can login with my user and password ...
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How do I create a *.desktop entry for an executable via Right-Click in nautilus?

I tried Arronax but it didn't seem to work for me. It had permissions issues, plus it wouldn't even show the right click menu after installing the nautilus plugin.
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Where are SVG launcher icons automatically loaded from?

I have created several desktop shortcuts for VirtualBox machines (VBMs) on my 15.04 Ubuntu OS. I've noticed that desktop files in /usr/share/applications and ~/.local/share/applications usually have ...
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.desktop file :line 1: [Desktop: command not found

What is wrong with my .desktop file ??? I wrote a simple c++ program for learning purposes and all is fine with this. I compiled with g++ and got a .out file (thought the .out may be relevant). So I ...
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How to edit my Lubuntu 14.10 digital clock settings?

I right clicked on the below situated task bar to find out digital clock settings. I got digital clock settings from there. But, it looks unfamiliar than that of Ubuntu 14.04. And I don't know how to ...
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Ubuntu desktop issues/overall systematic issues

I have installed skype on my Ubuntu 14.04.2 version and after I restarted the computer the normal Login window popped up. After typing in the password the desktop was on but the sidebar was missing ...
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How to change Desktop, Download, Music and … path? [duplicate]

How can I rename Desktop, Download, Music, Pictures & ... folders names to desktop, download, music, pictures & ... . NOTE: I'd simply rename them by mv command, but still have troubles. ...
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“Eject usb-drive” action for pcmanfm

I wonder if there's a way to create custom pcmanfm action for ejecting usb-drive in lubuntu? I've tried to do this with udisksctl but the --object-path option is giving me this error: (udisksctl ...
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Ubuntu desktop will not start with startx

My system SSD crashed and burned (literally) and I've replaced it. I've been able to make a new install of 14.04 server and then installed the stripped down ubuntu-desktop. Before the crash I had a ...
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Duplicate icons of an application, running in Wine

I am running Ubuntu 15.04 and Docky as my launcher. To run OriginPro under Wine from launcher I created a .desktop file and pinned it to my Docky However, when it starts, it opens a separate icon ...
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How can I keep the gnome-terminal open after a program closes?

I have the following shortcut which opens an SSH instance. How can I modify it so that when SSH closes, the terminal stays open? [Desktop Entry] Terminal=true Type=Application Name[en_US]=ssh ...
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Android Studio desktop shortcut

I made an android desktop file in ubuntu 15.04 as follows: [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application Name=Android Studio Exec="/home/user/android-studio/bin/studio.sh" %f ...
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.desktop-file two part exec line

I am trying to get bleachbit to run. Unfortunately I get the error, that it could not import gtk. It seems that this is due to me having python 2 & 3 installed. Starting bleachbit over the console ...
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old application launcher window in the repository

In older version of Ubuntu there used to be (in the repository) an application launcher window, that itself was a normal gtk application. It was just like the old control-center mentioned in How to ...
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How can I make an application appear under its own icon, when launched from a script?

I have a script that launches a number of Google Chrome windows through wmctrl. I created a launcher for that script and assigned a different icon to it. Problem is, every time Google Chrome is ...
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blank desktop on Oracle virtualbox

I have been trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my oracle virtualbox, after installation, it brings forth a blank desktop without any programs or applications on it. It will display "Guest session" ...
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Launching a .sh file from a launcher

I am fairly new to Ubuntu 14.04. I am doing a school project where I need to use navigation stacks. At this point the navigation works fine. My problem at this time is: Before I can launch rviz and to ...
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Installing ubuntu-desktop on ubuntu server doesn't work?

I installed ubuntu server 14.04 perfectly well. I made an sudo apt-get update and after sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-desktop I reboot my machine I can access to the ...
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What is this Directory?

I know that the .desktop files of mostly of installed applications will be founded in the /usr/share/applications. Today and accidentally I came to the directory /usr/share/app-install/desktop. It ...
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getting .desktop file to show up in launcher

I have a script working from a thumbdrive. It works fine when double clicked or launched with sh filename.sh. I made a .desktop file to launch it from the launcher and put it in both ...
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How can I launch Chromium from Dash/Unity with switches?

I want to launch Chromium browser with the --no-referrers switch, which was mentioned on this site. However, I'm not sure how to do that. Normally, I use the Dash to launch Chromium, how do I add the ...
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Reduce delay for re-clicking a .desktop entry in Unity launcher

I have a number of homemade desktop entries in my Unity launcher, and I perceive that after I click on any of them, the clicked item experiences a delay of 5 or 6 seconds before it will respond to ...
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How to manage desktop icon spacing using terminal in Ubuntu 14.04

How to set custom desktop icon spacing using terminal or any other way in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS? I want to reduce the spaces between the desktop icons to fit more icons into the desktop in a nice looking ...
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.desktop file to pass arguments received to Exec [duplicate]

I have a desktop file with this contents: [Desktop Entry] Name=Mozilla Firefox - default Type=Application Comment=Web Application Exec=/usr/lib/firefox/firefox ...
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How do I set up Awesome with MATE?

A tutorial called Quickly Setting up Awesome with Gnome describes the process of setting up Awesome window manager in such a way as to retain some features and advantages of GNOME. I figured MATE ...
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Ubuntu Desktop is not working

I was working on an Ubuntu 12.04 system. For some task I wanted to use 14.04, to keep the backup, I detached my hard disk, and installed Ubuntu 14.04 on a totally new hard disk. Now, when I'm trying ...
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how to prevent some linux applications start pipelight's wineserver

I have pipelight installed in my system. Some native linux applications such as geary, unity tweak launch pipelight`s wineserver and it takes a while to load. How can I prevent them to not launch ...
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Desktop files with superuser privileges

I have Matlab installed under /home/fer/Matlab, with the main exec file being /home/fer/Matlab/R2014b/bin/matlab. There is something weird with it and it only works if I open it with the terminal ...
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How do you add/remove applications to/from the Unity Launcher from command line?

I am customizing an Ubuntu 14.04 Live CD with UCK (Ubuntu Customization Kit). The program gives you a chroot environment in a terminal to make changes. I want to add and remove what programs appear ...
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Can ~/.local/share/applications override /usr/share/applications?

I need to launch some applications on KDE with some added config changes. The best way to do that without messing up with / is by copying .desktop file of individual applications, that I need to ...