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?


Launch Files and open its Preferences:

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Go to the Behaviour (tab) and check "Show action to create symbolic links" under Link Creation.

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Right click to create a link to a file or folder should work now.

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  • Let us continue this discussion in chat.
    – pomsky
    Oct 22 '17 at 17:30
  • This would be great but my "Files" does not have that Menu with Nautilus. Can you be more specific with "Open Files"? Oct 29 '17 at 9:24
  • Got it..."File Management" But still doesn't have "Link Creation" Option. Oct 29 '17 at 9:37
  • @EODCraftStaff I think I don't understand completely. Are you not able get to the "Preferences"? You'll have to open "Files" (Nautilus) and click on the application name (i.e. "Files") on the top bar next to "Activities". A drop-down menu should appear which has the "Preferences" option.
    – pomsky
    Oct 29 '17 at 11:47
  • Look at this....imgur.com/3WkRxJd Oct 29 '17 at 12:16

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 ~/Desktop folder.

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]
GenericName[es_ES.UTF-8]=Arbitrary text describing the application

Note that the language specifications might be different (e.g. en_UK).

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.

  • You can leave the language information out if you only create one set of information anyways.
    – Videonauth
    Nov 15 '17 at 17:33
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    Wow, is this really the way to create an application shortcut in Gnome Shell? :( A pretty convoluted solution to a very common usage... May 4 '18 at 11:43

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