There are several posts for this already but they are all outdated and I want to know if it can be done more simply now.

Is there a way to open the dash menu and add a program to the desktop by right mouse clicking or something? Or do I still need to go to use/share/applications then copy and paste to the desktop and then make it an executable?

Recap, I know this has been asked before but is there a better way now?

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    Not likely, because now desktop icons are supported by an experimental extension. Possibly, you can't even drag files from nautilus to the desktop now.
    – vanadium
    Apr 19 '19 at 6:31
  • Dragging and dropping to the desktop from usr/share/applications doesn't work anymore :( Apr 19 '19 at 13:24
  • @vanadium Why would they remove a feature like that? Apr 19 '19 at 16:29
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    @NiallMitch14 Why would they remove a feature like that? Apr 19 '19 at 16:30
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    In the mean time, I did some more testing. I normally do not work with desktop icons/launchers, so that is why I initially hesitated to answer. Thank you very much!
    – vanadium
    Apr 22 '19 at 8:45

In Ubuntu 19.04, like in previous Ubuntu versions, it is not possible to drag applications from the dash or the application menu to the desktop.

Desktop files from Ubuntu 19.04 onwards are handled by a Gnome Shell extension, and not anymore by files. You can still copy or create .desktop files on the desktop as before. The right-click menu has an option "allow launching" to turn that .desktop file into a launcher.

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