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Let's say that I wanted to put Rhythmbox on my desktop and not on my dock. How can I do this? I am on Ubuntu 17.10 with the GNOME Desktop. I already have desktop icons on in the Tweak Tool.

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You can create a simple .desktop (say rhythmbox.desktop) file in Desktop with content like this:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Any comment you like
Terminal=false
Name=Rhythmbox
Exec=path/to/Rhythmbox/binary
Type=Application
Icon=path/to/Rhythmbox/icon
NoDisplay=false

You can use Exec=rhythmbox %U, Icon=rhythmbox in case of Rhythmbox in particular.

Alternatively, you may copy the intended .desktop file to Desktop from /usr/share/applications/.

Then right click on the .desktop file and check "Allow executing file as program" under Permissions.

  • Rhythmbox has its own .desktop file, no need to create another. – Jacob Vlijm Dec 8 '17 at 17:25
  • @JacobVlijm Ah, yes! I added that too. – pomsky Dec 8 '17 at 17:28

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