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mhhack

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PostPosted: Tue 24 Oct 2017, 17:36    Post subject:  Slacko Icons
Subject description: Adding Program Icons to Slacko Desktop
 

Hi,

I'm new to Slacko, and would like to know how to add an Icon to the desktop. I've installed Thunderbird as an email client, and it appears on the menu, but how can I get an icon on the desktop.

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dancytron

Joined: 18 Jul 2012
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PostPosted: Tue 24 Oct 2017, 17:38    Post subject:  

Go to /usr/shared/applications in Rox Filer.

Then just drag and drop the icon on to the desktop.
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mhhack

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PostPosted: Tue 24 Oct 2017, 17:47    Post subject:  

Thanks. I got that far myself. When I use rhe ROX filer I don't see the usr/shared/application folder, but I see there are 41 hidden folders.
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dancytron

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PostPosted: Tue 24 Oct 2017, 18:01    Post subject:  

mhhack wrote:
Thanks. I got that far myself. When I use rhe ROX filer I don't see the usr/shared/application folder, but I see there are 41 hidden folders.
Thanks


Go up one level from where it starts(/root). Then you'll see /usr.
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mhhack

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PostPosted: Tue 24 Oct 2017, 18:17    Post subject:  

Thanks a lot. I'm basically a Windows user, and have Slacko on an old Acer Notebook, where it runs well.

Bit by bit I'm getting there.
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dancytron

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PostPosted: Tue 24 Oct 2017, 18:59    Post subject:  

It just takes a while to get used to where things are.

Please edit your first post and put "solved" in the title so people won't keep reading it.
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Mike Walsh


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PostPosted: Thu 26 Oct 2017, 06:23    Post subject:  

Hi, mhhack.

As with all things in Linux, there's usually more than one approach to solutions.

Sometimes the .desktop entries in /usr/share/applications won't behave themselves, especially if they haven't been constructed correctly prior to packaging. Occasionally, you'll get the odd Pup where desktop entries simply won't display properly, no matter what you do.

In this instance, you can do what I do. Go into /usr/bin, find the binary that launches your application, then drag that onto the desktop. Then you can rt/clk->'Edit' to make it read whatever you want, and use the entry directly above 'Edit' ('File/Sym-link xxxxx->Change icon) to dress the binary up with an icon.

You can find icons for anything on the net. Use your favourite search engine, and search 'PNG icon for xxxxx(whatever)'. Find something you like, save it, then use it on your desktop entry. PNG icons work best, since they usually have transparency built-in around them.


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