A .desktop file is a launcher. When run, it executes a command and 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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how to use an image for my custom .desktop file for unity previews

When one left clicks an application, it also displays the screenshot of the desired application. screenshot of the desired effect: I can't find the screenshotlink=? command in the vlc.desktop ...
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Ubuntu Desktop corporate warning splash page

Good Afternoon The Windows servers in my office have a corporate warning splash page whenever a user logs on to the system. The user would then have to click "ok" to acknowledge the warning that ...
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Problem with creating shorcuts in ubuntu

I am new to Linux. I tried to create shorcuts in linux ubuntu but my terminal shows this message everytime. Can anyone explain what is the problem. It says:gnome-desktop-item-edit: ...
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Xubuntu 12.10 cannot archive folder on desktop

When I right click a folder on the desktop, there's no option to archive it. I actually have to open up the Thunar file manager, navigate to the desktop folder, and right click on the folder in order ...
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Desktop icons appear on wrong monitor

I have a laptop with Xubuntu 13.10 and to the right of the laptop is a monitor located. The monitor is the primary: I set the option "Primary" in the settings editor ...
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keep getting internal system errors and can not see the desktop

I have found quite a few topics within this problem, but didn't really find a clear answer. I have updated my Ubuntu. The update I have installed Ubuntu update center said it had some unothorized ...
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Application Startup Icon Locked (root)

I have installed a program, an icon appears on the desktop, but it has a picture of a lock on it, and clicking it does nothing. It's a program I installed from a file. ...
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Create a working link on desktop

I am totally new to Ubuntu/Linux and I want to create a link on a desktop (is this called an application launcher?). I created a .desktop file placed on the Desktop with this content but it doesn't ...
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Connecting USB Internet to Ubuntu

I have installed Ubuntu Desktop 13.10 through VirtualBox which is running on Windows 8 I'm using Reliance NetConnect+ ZTE USB internet connection I'm not able to connect Ubuntu to this internet. I ...
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Task Bar at the top missing Applications, Places and System menu

I was trying to install VLC using System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager when I realised that I don't have Applications, Places and System menu items at the top left side of task bar. I ...
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Items on Destop is not displayed

After I login my Ubuntu 12.04 , Desktop appears but none of the items in the Desktop is displayed. But it exists there and is visible if we go through /Home/Desktop.
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Black screen (with mouse arrow movable) for a long time before desktop starts

After I log in, sometimes (often) the screen goes black and the graphical mouse arrow appears, and it can be moved with the mouse, but nothing else happens for quite a long time (maybe a minute) and ...
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Icons in Desktop

I've read some threads about this subject but I think none addresses my case. I think it happened after trying to run a Phyton script as super user. Now if I put an icon in the desktop I don't see it. ...
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lubuntu - command to use in .desktop file to launch application reduced to panel

I have a .desktop file: [Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=Thunderbird Comment=mail manager Exec=thunderbird Terminal=false Type=Application NoDisplay=false Hidden=false Is there a command to use ...
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Lxde - desktop file for opening files in lxterminal

I have a .desktop file in .local/share/applications for opening text files in vim (console version). This works perfectly in gnome, unity. In Lxde it fails. I tried using lxterminal in place of ...
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custom .desktop entry to launch Minecraft not working

I have made a Minecraft.desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications/ that reads as follows: [Desktop Entry] Name=Minecraft Comment=Play this game in OpenJDK Java 7 Runtime Exec=minecraft ...
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How to make a .desktop file that matches all files and dirs?

I have a script that I want to be available for the "Open With..." context menu for Nautilus (or less helpfully, "Files") running in Gnome Shell. I've created a .desktop file and registered it with ...
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.desktop file in xsessions folder not autorunning

I was setting up a kiosk per this tutorial http://www.instructables.com/id/Setting-Up-Ubuntu-as-a-Kiosk-Web-Appliance/?ALLSTEPS I have hit a problem with the kiosk.desktop file since it is not ...
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Which hidden files in the /home/user folder control the desktop?

The background story: The other day my (L)ubuntu offered me to upgrade from 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS, which I gladly accepted. At the end of the evening, I started the update out of the update manager, ...
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Custom launcher in Ubuntu 12.04 xdg/autostart

I have some script that should start when user logs in. I've created .desktop file and put it into /etc/xdg/autostart. It works on two pretty old PCs with Ubuntu with a long life (10.xx -> 11.10 -> ...
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Problem logging into my desktop account on Xubuntu 14.04LTS

My main account on Xubuntu 14.04LTS 64bit loops back to the login screen after it tries to load. guest account works, and I managed to make a new account using terminal, but I need access to all the ...
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How can I get a change to a .desktop file get recognized by Unity/Gnome?

Unity/Gnome does not appear to pickup changes to .desktop files automatically (in particular the "Name" and "Icon" fields). I have found update-desktop-database, but that does seems to update a MIME ...
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custom .desktop file (mupen64plus)?

I created a custom .desktop file and seem to got most of it working according to UnityLaunchersAndDesktopFiles I had gotten it to come up in dash the first time by copying it to ...
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Not loading correctly after login

On a fresh install of Ubuntu, right after logging in, the upper right fourth desktop, and the bar at the top of the screen (I'm new to Linux, don't know what it's called yet), refuse to load properly, ...
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gnome desktop menu layout problem

I have added a 'Quick Setup' sub-menu of 'System' desktop menu. I want this sub-menu to contains some desktop files within two sections, separated with a separator. I need the first part to contains ...
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Use a different .desktop file for different window managers

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 (Desktop) and I primarily use 2 window managers currently (xmonad and the standard unity). In xmonad I need to launch nautilus with the --no-desktop option, but when I am using ...
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USB shutting off randomly

I am having problems with my usb devices shutting off at random times and the only way to fix the problem is to do a reboot. The devices that stop working are two hubs and a keyboard and mouse. ...
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.desktop restore icon expects what size?

I created a .desktop file and set its icon to a png file that is 144x144 pixels. However on creation the icon is a white paper. I have to click resize and make it either bigger or smaller to take. And ...
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Weird graphical glitches with Xubuntu 14.04 including folder icons disappearing on mouseover

I’ve just installed the above version on my ailing Dell Dimension tower PC - great to be able to get it up and running again... The only thing is that there seems to be a strange graphics issue - ...
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gtk-launch desktop file with arguments

I have a .desktop file with following Exec-line Exec = python script.py %u however, when I do gtk-launch test.desktop /home/user the argument /home/user is not passed to script.py Why? Or is there ...
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Odd Ubuntu graphical bug when viewing desktop

I'm having this odd bug which won't fix itself It happens after entering my password and logging in - it's like the desktop background is missing and so it just shows no pixels. I don't know what ...
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Software Center can't start due to DBus Proxy issue or SSO Client issue

Software Center can't open from GUI of my newly installed 14.04LTS Desktop. Tried update and upgrade, it doesn't work. Tried 'sudo apt-get install --reinstall software-center', it doesn't work as ...
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permissions denied even though I'm a system admin (and the only user of the system,) when trying to access and edit .desktop files? (14.04)

When I try to save the .desktop file (for Google chrome in this instance,) I revive a message that in short states I do not have the require permissions to do this. Is there any fix for the problem at ...
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How to set a launcher icon from .exe files?

Can I set an icon for a .desktop file to be an .exe file, and if so - how? I have tried to point the icon entry in the file to a path of an .exe file, to no avail - the launcher shows no icon ...
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Updates caused computer to lose desktop

I ran updates tonight on my 12.04.4 LTS system. After it rebooted the desktop is no longer there. Upon startup I get message "no drive", and it asks for login and password. How do I recover? I have ...
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Some functionality is not working on gnome

Currently I'm having a lot of issue of shortcut functionality on Gnome. Issue having: Ctrl+Super+D is not working (back top desktop) Cannot open Weather and DropBox application but they are just ...
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Ubuntu Server 12.4 log-in

I have a strangest of the problems. What I have is Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS on which I installed Ubuntu Desktop. Everything got installed without a glitch. UNTIL.... I wanted to log-in. When I click ...
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Installing Tally

I have Ubuntu Server 12.4 Installed. Later I installed Ubuntu Desktop on there. I wanted to install Tally9 (Server component) which is a multi-user accounting SW, where centralized data base is ...
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.desktop file syntax & its integration in mimeinfo.cache

I want to setup a wine application PDF Xchange Viewer as the default PDF viewer. For this i followed these steps 1] Installed wine 2] to skip installion & certain microsoft .exe libraries i ...
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How to resolve conflicts in desktop entries?

I am unhappy with baobab opening directories instead of thunar. So far I think I have identified the problem: applications$ grep -ir "=inode/directory" ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 won't work on virtual box for windows. Only getting black screen. Can anyone help?

I've just installed virtual box on my Windows 7 (If it helps?) Then i downloaded Ubuntu, When I finished installing it on the virtual machine- It show me that ubuntu had an internal error. Then after ...
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.desktop file won't work for code composer studio

I'm trying to get my .desktop file for my application Code Composer Studio to work so I can have a shortcut. When I click on the .desktop icon, I get an error saying "There was an error launching the ...
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How to use specific display/monitor when process is started

On Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop. I have two monitors attached to my system which works great. I normally work in eclipse and do have GUI applications launching from eclipse for debugging. I would like to ...
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Difference between gnome-desktop-item-edit and desktop-file-edit

What is the difference between the commands gnome-desktop-item-edit and desktop-file-edit? Do they create files with different syntax? Which one should I use on Ubuntu Unity?
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Can XFCE put desktop icons on the right?

Is it possible to have XFCE put all the desktop icons to the right instead of the left? I hunted about in the Settings and various place, but found no obvious setting.
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mgwtools error when installing ubuntu desktop on aws ubuntu 13 server

I have a Ubuntu 13 server on AWS. I'm trying to install the ubuntu-desktop package, so that I can install a browser (firefox) etc. I'm getting a message about mgwtools (See bold text below) ...
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How to add an icon to the Ubuntu Unity toolbar using .desktop file?

I am very new in developing application under Linux. I have a doubt regarding about the use of .desktop file to add an icon into the Ubuntu Unity toolbar. I have the following .desktop file: ...
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Will URL entry in .desktop files work from unity launcher?

This is a small .desktop file I made to open a directory using default file manager. But this isn't working, but substituting Exec in place of URL works. Exec=pcmanfm /medi/user/container I was ...
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How to add Gnome applications to favourites?

I'm trying to build a Linux distro in SUSE Studio, but I want to add a default application to the favourites. I've got the hang of making a .desktop file in /usr/share/applications but how would I put ...
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How can I adjust window size

When I click the Maximize window button,the window would padding an area on the left after I install chrome or drag chrome icon to Docky It used to be maximize the full width Could anyone here help ...