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    Folder Shortcut on Desktop




    I was wondering is there a way to create a shortcut to open a desired folder on the desktop? Thanks Smart People.

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    Hi ShockFire,

    This is assuming you are using GNOME:
    To create a shortcut to a folder, right click on the desktop and click 'Create Launcher'.
    • -type in a name for the icon (the text that will be seen with the icon)
      -generic name (not too sure what this does. I am pretty sure you can put anything here)
      -a comment (just something to describe the icon)
      -a command (in here, you would type nautilus [path to folder] or just nautilus if you want to go to your home folder)
      -type should be application
      -choose an icon by clicking the no icon button
      -make sure 'run in terminal' is not checked

    Hope that helps,
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    Thanks for taking the time to explain how to make a shortcut of a folder to the desktop. Yup it did work correctly after I tryed it a couple times. At frist I could't get it to work. So I keept trying and after about the five times of trying the explanation of how to make a shortcut for the desktop. So it did work correctly.

    By the way what does nautilus mean? Is it like a directory command? I am not familiar with it.

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    Hi ShockFire,

    Glad to hear that worked for you. As for Nautilus, it is like Windows Explorer...it lets you view and manipulate files graphically.

    Hope the helps,
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    Linux n00b here (doing a search, saw your online)

    so its like a shell object?

    also is the shortcut procedure the same or similar in KDE\fluxbox\ect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ice Czar
    Linux n00b here (doing a search, saw your online)

    so its like a shell object?

    also is the shortcut procedure the same or similar in KDE\fluxbox\ect?
    HEy you are waking up 2 years old topic.

    Well Im sure every desktop has "shortcut procedure". Actualy you just make softliks.
    If you dont like nautilus just use
    Code:
    ln -s /original /linked
    syntax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan1024188
    HEy you are waking up 2 years old topic.
    good search queries do that
    trying to figure out a few cross distro "rules" (like your answer )

    but the addendum answer (Nautilus) made me curious as to how to errr... translate it into a Win32 analogy Im relatively familiar with special folders ( Shell objects) and was wondering if there was a similar class of items in the architecture.

    (Im going from hacking W2K to actually getting serious about Linux "under the hood")

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    If you're in KDE, drag the file/folder to the desktop and select "Link here"

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    Note that what Linux calls a “Link” is a true shortcut because you can drag'n drop files onto it, whereas an icon created with “Create Launcher...” will give you an error. If you don't use drag'n drop, then I suppose a launcher is fine. Using the GNOME Desktop (and probably KDE too), if you create a Link/Shortcut, the icon will even have a swishy arrow in front of it just like it does in Windows. Also, if you want to drag a Link for your “Home Folder” located under the panel item “Places”, this is a little tricky because you can't Rt-click to get a menu with which to choose “Make Link“. But you can click “Places”, hold down Ctrl and Shift, then click and Drag “Home Folders” to your Desktop.

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