For shortcuts in the Applications drop-down Menu and on the title bar of the Gnome Desktop, where is the path to their directories?


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You are looking for the .desktop files, which are located in /usr/share/applications (or sometimes /usr/local/share/applications).

Some applications may place these files in ~/.local/share/applications instead.

  • I saw some duplications in that folder. I guess they are the shortcuts in the Applications menu? How about the shortcuts on the titlebar? I didn't see them in /usr/share/applications
    – ddzzbbwwmm
    Mar 17, 2016 at 14:31
  • What titlebar we're talking about ? The top black bar ? Can you give example of application you're referring to ? Mar 17, 2016 at 14:33
  • @Lee Are you referring to the tray icons, such as the bluetooth icon or the speaker volume icon? Mar 17, 2016 at 14:47
  • @CharlesGreen yes, they are included on the title bar. I'm using gnome-session-flashback, not unity.
    – ddzzbbwwmm
    Mar 17, 2016 at 14:50
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    Those may vary. If that's an external application like dropbox - it has .desktop file as well in /usr/share/applicaitons/ folder. If that's something built in like clock or input method - that's built into the gnome, likely won't have a shortcut. Mar 17, 2016 at 15:04
  1. Most apps: /usr/share/applications/
  2. Some apps: /usr/local/share/applications
  3. Some other apps: ~/.local/share/applications/
  4. Installed with Snap apps: /var/lib/snapd/desktop/applications/
  5. Installed with Flatpak apps: /var/lib/flatpak/exports/share/applications/
  6. Installed with Wine apps: ~/.local/share/applications/wine/Programs/

Your own shortcuts can also be placed in ~/.local/share/applications.

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    This would be better off as an edit to the existing answer. (you also get additional reputation for editing existing answers here)
    – Fabby
    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:55
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    – Fabby
    Aug 11, 2018 at 22:53
  • You're doing great @rloth! Keep the good stuff coming. Nov 4, 2021 at 14:35

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