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How to put a program icon on the desktop?
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scsijon

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PostPosted: Fri 25 Mar 2011, 20:28    Post subject:  How to put a program icon on the desktop?  

Just wondering if there is a basic rox app that allows you to drop application icons (with the link to the associated apps) on the desktop.

One of those "right-click" goodies.

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PostPosted: Fri 25 Mar 2011, 20:58    Post subject:  

Very Happy Hello,
You are looking, I assume, for the Windoze right click "Send to desktop (Create shortcut)"
This isnt really possible in Linux, as the "Desktop" is just a pinboard...Not really a "location" you can send things to..
What you can do however, is just drag the icon to the desktop, and drop it...
Most programs are given a .desktop file in /usr/share/applications which links the icons there to the binary (executable)..
You can even drop the binary itself, which displays as a little gear, on the pinboard (desktop) and click it there to execute...Right click on it to set an icon for it...
Binary files are stored in directories ending in bin...IE /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin ..
Hope that helps.... Cool

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PostPosted: Fri 25 Mar 2011, 22:12    Post subject:  

puppyluvr wrote:
Very Happy Hello,
You are looking, I assume, for the Windoze right click "Send to desktop (Create shortcut)"
This isnt really possible in Linux, as the "Desktop" is just a pinboard...Not really a "location" you can send things to..
What you can do however, is just drag the icon to the desktop, and drop it...
Most programs are given a .desktop file in /usr/share/applications which links the icons there to the binary (executable)..
You can even drop the binary itself, which displays as a little gear, on the pinboard (desktop) and click it there to execute...Right click on it to set an icon for it...
Binary files are stored in directories ending in bin...IE /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin ..
Hope that helps.... Cool


This is a really helpful post. Thanks puppyluvr.

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PostPosted: Tue 29 Mar 2011, 01:37    Post subject:  

thanks puppyluvr, I suspected as such, just wanted to make things a little easer for a new user (elderly) i'm setting up with her first computer if I could. She "did" a u3a course for windows and wanted to do the same thing in puppy. I shall set her up with some now and the rest when she works out what she wants.

thanks again
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