I've done a lot of trial and error and reading and can now create .desktop files (i.e., launchers, shortcuts, etc.) most of the time using Lubuntu.
But I'm unclear whether or not the ".desktop" extension is actually needed. It seems sometimes I've created a shortcut/launcher without it. Other times I've added the extension during file creation and later removed the extension and it still worked.
So, I'm wondering two things... Given that a .desktop file can be created and/or viewed from a text editor:
- Is the real, defining characteristic of a .desktop file the [Desktop Entry] at the top of the text file?
- Is it really necessary to right-click the desktop and create a new file with the .desktop extension? Or is it enough to create a new, empty file in a text editor and put the [Desktop Entry] as the header and fill in the remaining fields (Type=, Icon= , etc.).