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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Appearance of a .desktop file in Nautilus

This is Ubuntu 14.04. Nautilus version 3.10.1. I have a "file.desktop" file in my personal "~/bin/shortcuts" directory. When I look at the directory with Nautilus, it shows the "Name=" field value ...
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Launchy in Ubuntu does not execute .desktop files

Nautilus and PCManFm open file.desktop correctly. From terminal, it also opens file.desktop well. However, Launchy opens file.desktop with the text editor! I think the key could be the runner ...
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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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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 seems to update the MIME ...
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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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Obtain different launcher items with .desktop files running the same executable

Suppose you need different launchers to run the same application, as in S1.desktop: [Desktop Entry] Name=S1 Comment=Open a terminal with ssh connection to S1 Exec=gnome-terminal --maximize --tab ...
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gtk-launch .desktop is not using custom icon

I copied my .desktop shorcut to user_home+"/.local/share/applications/" then going to terminal and typing in gtk-launch nameOfMyDesktopFile it launchs it, but it doesn't take the custom icon. I'm ...
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How does KSPLICE for the desktop interact with the “need to restart to apply changes” dialogue after updates?

One would expect that it would make those dialogs disappear. I'm not saying that it doesn't for me, as I haven't installed ksplice. I am saying I'ld like to know whether it works to eliminate those ...
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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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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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Difference between desktop-install and copying desktop file to applications directory

When we want to add a shortcut to menu. We can do that by creating filename.desktop and copy that file to /usr/share/applications. And there is another way to, that is doing desktop-file-install ...
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Custom .desktop file not working, cannot start application

I added a custom .desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications and made it executable. However, I cannot start the program (ViTables), neither by clicking on the desktop file nor by starting it from ...
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How to launch .desktop file from terminal

I have a file on my desktop named "Firefox - Profile B.desktop". I am running Firefox in profile A. I tell Firefox Profile A to run a command in terminal. I'm trying to make it launch "Firefox - ...
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How can I display a custom image when selecting a custom session in the greeter?

before I asked this question and found out how to run any program directly in place of a desktop environment. Now I'd like to know if it is possible to change the background image alongside the ...
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Can two FirePro 2270 graphics cards run with 3 monitors to form a single desktop?

Can two FirePro 2270 graphics cards run with 3 monitors to form a single desktop? I can't seem to get it to work with the fglrx drivers. Is it only for two separate desktops then? One desktop on one ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 desktop stuck after update

I think that it is a very common problem in Ubuntu 14.04. I just installed it alongside with Windows 7. Comp. specs: i7 4790K asus sabetooth z97 mark2 16gb ddr3 eVGA gtx750ti 2gb I've installed ...
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How to get paths for default theme icons folders?

I have a desktop file, for Icon i set it to myIconName. Now I have multiple sized PNGs for my icon. I need to find the paths to the default theme icon folders, cross-OS-Linux solution, so I can drop ...
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Cant see Plank after Ubuntu load

Hello there I have a question regarding Plank. I have install it and it is a very cute little application, but how can I fix it to mine desktop to see it after Ubuntu loads it self. I was trying to ...
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ubuntu-14.04.1-desktop-i386 problems on vmware 14. 3.0.0 build-203739

The host machine is installed with Windows 7. When installing Ubuntu on Virtual Machine using VMware, the desktop appears to be as more windows repeated. I found several suggestions, but nothing ...
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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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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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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 ...