How to Create/Add Manually An Application Launcher on Linux Mint 13 Maya Xfce

August 25, 2012 | By Duchateaux.

This Article shows you How to Create/Add Manually an Application Launcher in the Main Applications Menu on Linux Mint 13 Maya Xfce.

The Process Require a Little Patience and a Minimal Skill to be Successfully Replicated.

And this Visual Guide includes the Basic Screenshots of All GUI Steps involved.

The Content give Focus Only to the Essentials Instructions and Commands to make it Easier to Follow.

Xfce Mouse on the Rocket

We Will Limit to Use the Categories Already Present Into the Applications Menu Without to Add Any New One.

  1. Open a Terminal Window
    Linux Mint 13 Xfce Open Terminal Window

  2. Open with Gedit as SuperUser an Existing Launcher on Directory:


    For Example Open the Firefox Launcher:

    sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop

    There you Find a Trace of what you Need to Transform for to Obtain your New Launcher.

  3. Modify at Least:

    • Name: The Name

    • Comment: The Description

    • Exec: The Command

    The Icon:

    The Icon need to be of SVG (Scalable-Vector-Graphics) 48×48 type and located Into the Directory: /usr/share/icons/hicolor/scalable/apps

    How to Easy Find/Search Files/Directories/Images on Linux:

    Linux How to Use the LocateCommand

    Set the Category.

    The Setup Make Use of Keywords that Map to the Correspondent Categories.

    The Category’s Keywords to Use are those Below:

    • Network for Network Category

    • AudioVideo for Multimedia Category

    • Utility for Accessories Category

    • Office for Office Category

    • Settings for Settings Category

    • System for System Category

    Clean the Remaining Trash Chunks.

  4. Save As New Launcher


  5. Find your Newly Created Application Launcher Linux Mint 13 Xfce New Application Launcher

Here Below Link to Article with Tutorial 4 Locating Files/Icons Under Linux.

Howto Install Firefox Nightly on Linux Mint 12-13:
Firefox Nightly on Linux Mint

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