Linux Mint – Creating launchers

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Some users may desire to have their favorite applications available on the desktop in the form of shortcut icons. The Cinnamon interface features two ways of creating launchers. These allow you to create icons to launch applications or commands.

The easiest way to create a launcher is to find the application in the application menu and right-click on it. One of the options that appears in this menu is Add to desktop, which will create the icon for you. Then, you can drag the icons to arrange them as you like.

Additionally, you can also create a launcher manually. This is useful if you cannot find the application in the menu or you’d like to create a custom icon different from the one available in the menu; to do so, right-click on an empty portion of the desktop and click on Create Launcher. A window will appear with some fields for you to fill out in order to create a launcher. However, since you’ll need to know the command used to launch the application, this may be a method catered more toward intermediate users. However, if you’d like to create a launcher to a file location (such as your Documents folder), this is best accomplished by this method.

The fields to fill out in order to manually create a launcher are as follows:

  • Type: Choose whether the launcher will be an application, terminal application, or a location.
  • Name: Provide the name of the application; you can type anything you want here.
  • Command: Provide the command used to open the application. This is only visible while creating an application launcher.
  • Location: Provide the location of the folder you want the launcher to point to. This is only visible while creating a location launcher.
  • Comment: Provide a comment regarding the application or location. This is not required.

The following screenshot is an example of creating an application launcher:

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