I just upgraded to Ubuntu 17.10 but all my desktop shortcuts are gone.
There is no longer a Create Shortcut option when I right-click either.
How do I add these now?
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I am not sure if the existing answer actually answers the question. My understanding is that the user wants to create an icon on the Desktop that will open a file or application stored somewhere on the computer. This involves creating a
.desktop file in the
The easiest way I have found to do this is create a new text file in the
~/Desktop folder and then add content as follows (assuming the link is to an application):
[Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application Terminal=false Icon[es_ES]=/path/to/the/application/icon Name[es_ES]=theApplicationName Exec=/path/to/the/application/executable GenericName[es_ES.UTF-8]=Arbitrary text describing the application
Note that the language specifications might be different (e.g.
Give the file exec permissions.
The link should appear on the desktop. If it is an application, when you double-click on it for the first time you will be asked for permission to run it. Click on the appropriate button. The desktop icon will now change to show the application icon and to use the application name as the icon's legend.
If I've misunderstood the previous answer or, indeed, the question and this answer is redundant, my apologies.