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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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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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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Unable to access desktop after latest NVIDIA update - 14.10

I have a dual boot Sony Vaio F Series laptop (model # VPCF234FD). It runs Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.10. After my last update, which included an update of my NVIDIA drivers, if I'm not mistaken, I'm no ...
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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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Running CLI/terminal programs as entirely separate program (i.e not as an instance of Urxvt with -e toggle?)

I'm currently running Openbox as WM, with Urxvt as terminal emulator, and zsh as shell. I use Mutt for emailing, Ranger for files, Cortex for redditing, Newsbeuter for RSSing. All of these programs ...
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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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Set the terminal title in a .desktop started application

I've an application that I want to start via an entry in the upper gnome panel using a .desktop file, it has to run inside a terminal. #!/usr/bin/env xdg-open [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 ...
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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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Ubuntu 14.10( Utopic Unicorn) problem with mesa driver application like chrome, vmware not supporting hardware accleration

After upgrading ubuntu to 14.10 from 14.04 Chrome is not working properly no hardware acceleration . Apart from this VMWare workstation guest operating systems are also not supporting hardware ...
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Unity - desktop has stopped working after Unwanted Nvidia display driver update

My computer has an Intel i3 processor and no other inbuilt GPU. However, the nvidia-* latest got installed on the computer during an update process. I used sudo apt-get remove nvidia-* to remove all ...
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Why my application is running from CLI but not from desktop file?

I am writing a Vala application. And I'm using CMake to install it. I have a desktop file that is properly installed and displayed but when I run my application from launcher, it doesn't launch, ...
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accidentally deleted desktop folder, now all gui icons on screen default to /home/user/

I accidentally deleted the /home/user/Desktop folder and I would like to recreate this directory and assume the directories' old capabilities. For Instance, since the ~/Desktop folder was deleted, all ...
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Desktop is not visible to users log in to GUI

I have Ubuntu 12.4LTS and have installed Ubuntu Desktop. When the current user log's in the whole desktop is visible and you can maneuver around. I add another 2 users via webmin Identical as the ...
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.desktop file with .bashrc environment

I am using IntelliJ IDEA, and it uses some of the environment variables defined in the .bashrc script. If I run its shell script from the terminal everything works fine but if I create a .desktop ...
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desktop not loading after moving /home

Desktop does't loand after moving /home in 14.04 The /home link does go to my home, but the ~ doesn't, it defaults to root. Have tried ccsm instal in other answers, but that doesn't work - i'm ...
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Ubuntu has lost it's task bar and everything from the desktop!

I have a laptop with Ubuntu 14 on - been playing about with EmberJS a lot recently and find Ubuntu a friendlier platform than OSX (I dread to think what it's like on Windows!) for this stuff. Anyway ...
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Chrome Remote Desk, dont work

anyone can help me to run this extension, and perform the command post askubuntu post
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Unable to run custom Launcher entry which should run app as root

I'm trying to add an option to my Launcher which would open the application as root. My /usr/share/applications/sublime-text.desktop entry looks like this: [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 ...
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Upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04: Blank desktop

I just upgrade my Ubuntu to version 14.04, but the desktop after logging in is blank (no sidebar, no menu bar). I can open tty with Ctrl+Shift+F1 (F2) and log in, so I did try some solutions posted in ...
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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?