Ubuntu : Desktop Shortcuts

If you have ever wondered how to add desktop shortcuts to Ubuntu, fret no more!

Whenever I use Ubuntu, it is normally through command line. But recently, I have been using Ubuntu 16.04 Desktop in a VirtualBox container, almost solely as a C IDE. I’ve never really understood the workings of the GUI (properly) and have almost become used to finding it unnecessary, until now.

Unfortunately, adding icons to the desktop is a little more involved then just “right click, make shortcut” as you would in Windows, but it’s not too complicated.

In Windows, an icon is usually a direct link to an .exe file within the installation directory.
In Linux, it’s a script. It’s a file that tells the GUI environment the icon picture, the text to be displayed underneath the icon, and can house different configurations such as the name depending on local language settings for example.

To add an icon, you need to locate the folder where all of your installed software icons are stored.

/usr/share/applications
icons-folder
Icons folder

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