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[Solved] rightclick desk icon: "Remove Item(s)" How >1 icon?
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PostPosted: Thu 09 Jan 2014, 00:16    Post_subject:  [Solved] rightclick desk icon: "Remove Item(s)" How >1 icon?  

I have several flash drives with puppy on them. Some are Slacko 5.6, and some are Quirky Precise 5.7.1...

I just learned how to use rox to manipulate the application icons.

I don't like so many of them cluttering up my desktop. So I did some web searching, decided that I liked the idea of using symbolic links. So I found and made symlinks to the few *.desktop files I wanted on the desktop, and then cleaned house by rightclick/removing almost all the original icons so that I could "drag" the few symlinks to the desktop area...

This is a mouse intensive operation. Which I find difficult because I have poor mouse manipulation skills due to the fact that mouse operations always make my hand go numb. But I eventually got it done.

But I've got more flash drives to do it to. It would be a great help if there was a way to select all the old icons at once. But I can't find a way to do that??

Could be there isn't any way. Though that begs the question of why the rightclick menu says "Remove Item(s)" instead of just "Remove Item" ?



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PostPosted: Thu 09 Jan 2014, 01:41    Post_subject:  

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PostPosted: Thu 09 Jan 2014, 02:52    Post_subject:  

You can hold Ctrl then click to select more, also there's desktop drive icons manager in menu where you can disable drive icons fom showing.
Also if you edit PuppyPin file like puppyluvr said you'll have to restart rox (killall ROX-Filer && rox -p /root/Choices/PuppyPin)

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PostPosted: Thu 09 Jan 2014, 03:55    Post_subject:  

You can lasso several items at once, and then add to the selection individual icons by holding CTRL and clicking the icon.
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PostPosted: Thu 09 Jan 2014, 05:04    Post_subject:  

Slacko 5.6 has
menu->Desktop->Desksetup Templates for Desk Icons

I have found, in trying to help people, that the things they do not tell you, are usually the clue to solving the problem.
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PostPosted: Thu 09 Jan 2014, 14:21    Post_subject:  

WOW so many good sounding ideas {all at once like}

Thanks guys! I'll have to play with these for a bit.
Though my lady is starting to look at my PC with daggers again so I'm thinking I better pay her some extra attention for a few days first!

When I've had a chance to play, I'll post back about which idea worked for me.



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PostPosted: Sat 11 Jan 2014, 03:09    Post_subject:  

That PuppyPin file puppyluvr mentioned looked real interesting.

Looks like each Icon is described with obvious simple values including x y coordinates...
I suspected that assuming the same pathnames {to executables and/or symlinks} apply I could
copy everything except the lines representing the wallpaper & the device icons from the
desktop of the puppy I've finished setting up the icons on. And paste it in to the PuppyPin
file of another puppy {replacing everything except the wallpaper & device icon lines}...

And once I'd restarted Rox the way dejan555 said, I'd hoped it would instantly clone the desktop layout...

Only concern was the differences in screen resolution (desktop geometry?) between my laptop and
the two desktops involved. But that should be no worse than what happens if I boot the
flashdrive in the other computer... And what the heck, if it trashed it, All I hadda do was to NOT
save the session... Puppy is beautiful that way. (if pupsaveconfig is set to +0 anywho...)

I figured the {ctrl + click} method suggested by amigo & dejan555 will be useful for some future customizations...

Then I decided to change some of the symlinks to point at the actual executables
rather than the *.desktop files. So I reworked the PuppyPin file on the
precise puppy that I had thought I'd already set up...

Of course, since I bypassed the desktop files I had to manually set some icons.

When I was ready I ran the:

killall ROX-Filer && rox -p /root/Choices/PuppyPin

command and my desktop was replaced by a white screen with one folder icon
labeled "home"

But before giving up and rebooting {without saving} I tried restarting X...

That worked. So I replicated the symlinks and the pertinent part of the
PuppyPin file on the other flashdrive puppy that's set up to remember my
laptops wireless lan connection. All the executables were in the same
places. But since this one was a slacko 5.6 instead of a precise 5.7.1,
the collection of available icon images was a bit different.

But the process worked there as well as it had with precise.

I'd like to thank you all for the help...




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