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Does anyone know how to put your programs that you've installed on your Desktop?

marked as duplicate by Jacob Vlijm, Eric Carvalho, Charles Green, g_p, Elder Geek Dec 24 '14 at 1:18

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    Are you seeking to put icon shortcuts to programs on your desktop as you might do in Windows? – Stephen Michael Kellat Dec 18 '14 at 3:24
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    Not all answers there work on 14.04, but some do. I'd suggest simply copying the .desktop file from ~/usr/share/applications to your desktop, make it executable. That's all. (see link) – Jacob Vlijm Dec 18 '14 at 7:19
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    Don't forget to accept an answer below by clicking the little grey check-mark below the numbers, turning it green... – Fabby Dec 19 '14 at 9:16
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When running a program it has its icon on the left side (Unity Launcher),when you close the program it disappears,if you want to appear all the time right click on the icon while running a program and select lock to the launcher.

(It is valid only in Unity session)

  • The default is launcher on the left.. – Elder Geek Dec 24 '14 at 1:15

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