Is there any way to simply add launcher icons such as firefox, gimp, etc. onto the desktop or into the gnome panel ?

I know that possible way how to do that is to run this command:

gnome-desktop-item-edit --create-new /home/profile/Desktop

but it's too slowly and annoying writing this command whenever you want to add some icon...


I use Ubuntu 11.10 - Gnome shell


Are you able to right-click your desktop at all? Are there icons? Two things to try:


This app might also show up as Advanced Settings if you have it installed already. Otherwise:

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

Run it and go to Desktop. Check Have file manager handle the desktop to the ON position.


Install dconf-tools, which includes this tool:

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

Run it and navigate to this position:

org > gnome > desktop > background

Check show-desktop-icons to on.

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