How does one rename applications in Show applications? For example, how can I rename "GNU Image Manipulation Program" to "GIMP" in Ubuntu 20.04.2?

I have searched the internet and the Ask Ubuntu database, but I have found no answers. Is there a solution for this?

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In a terminal run:

cp /usr/share/applications/program-name.desktop $HOME/.local/share/applications/

Make sure sure to replace program-name.desktop with the correct name of the application you wish to rename.

Then, open the copied file, search for the string Name and change the name there.


With the little tool alacarte ("Main Menu"), you can edit the launchers:

You need to install it first:

sudo apt install alacarte

alacarte screenshot

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