What is the "Exec=" part of a desktop configuration file for this? I guess I should mention file manager but how exactly?
I had a same problem!
The solution for me was to create a new file on desktop, open it with leafpad and write the following:
[Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=Myname Exec=pcmanfm /home/myfolder Icon=/home/iconpath Terminal=false Type=Application
Save it and you will have a shortcut to /home/myfolder