When installing an app, like Eclipse IDE it is launched in the desktop, as a runnable application. If for example, I wanted to have it in the start menu. I should be able to go to the start menu and, if I click on the application it will launch exactly the same way as launching it from the desktop/folder
If you have a launcher in your desktop, then copy/move the launcher from your desktop to the
~/.local/share/applications/ directory. It should appear in the menu.
Otherwise, you may manually create a simple
.desktop launcher (say
eclipse.desktop) in your
~/.local/share/applications/ directory. The content of the
eclipse.desktop may be as follows.
[Desktop Entry] Name=Eclipse Exec=/full/path/to/the/executable Terminal=false Type=Application Icon=/full/path/to/the/icon-file
For a GUI alternative, try Main Menu (aka Alacarte). You can install it by
sudo apt-get install alacarte