I'm still a complete noob as regards Unix/Linux/Ubuntu. Per that earlier question, I tried installing Ubuntu 4 years ago, but gave up when I couldn't even manage to configure my screen resolution.
I now have a new PC that came with Ubuntu 16.4 LTS pre-installed, and which I successfully updated to 17.10 by following instructions I found online. I'm sure I'll have lots of really basic questions over the coming months as I try to get to grips with it, but I have one particular problem already where I can't find any help online for what looks like a trivial issue.
I have a Dropbox file /home/mini/Dropbox/Public/notes.txt that I also view/edit from other (Windows-based) machines. Currently I can only access this file by navigating to it using the Ubuntu "file explorer" (Nautilus?).
The only file/icon on my desktop at the moment is something that I think is called Chromium Web Browser.Desktop, which appeared after I followed online instructions to install that as my default browser. What I want is another file/icon that will invoke Gedit on my notes.txt file.
I can invoke Gedit on the Chromium...desktop file, but I don't understand any of the contents, so I've no idea if it's even meaningful to treat that as a starting point for creating my own "shortcut".
On my Windows machines, I can just right-click on a "target" file and select Send to -> Desktop (create shortcut) to create an *.lnk file, or I can create an *.bat file containing the command line notepad \Users\Fumblefingers\Dropbox\Public\notes.txt, but I just can't figure out how to do something similar in Ubuntu.
To repeat - all I want is a desktop file/icon to invoke Gedit on my notes.txt file. I still find it hard to believe I can't figure this out for myself, but I'm sure someone here can explain things (in really simple terms please! :)