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

August 25th, 2012 by Regaz



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.

To Make the Entire Process Easier to Visualize and Retain the Post Includes the Basic Screenshots of the Essentials Steps Involved.

The Content give Focus Only to the Essentials Instructions and Commands to make it Easier to Understand;)

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 WindowLinux Mint 13 Xfce Open Terminal Window
  2. Open with Gedit as SuperUser an Existing Launcher on Directory:
    /usr/share/applications

    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
    newapplication.desktop
  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..

Linux How-to Locate Command
Howto Install Firefox Nightly on Linux Mint 12-13:
Firefox Nightly on Linux Mint
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