How-to Manually Create a Custom Application Launcher on Gnome 3 Desktop

October 17th, 2012 by Regaz

Create Gnome 3 Launcher

The Guide Shows You How-to Manually Create a Custom Application Launcher on Linux Gnome 3 Desktop.

At the Moment the Default Alacarte GUI Menu Editor Tool still Manifest some Issues…

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

The Contents and Details of Post are Expressly Minimal to Give Focus Only to the Essentials Tips, Instructions and Commands so to Make the Tut Easier to Read & Digest ;)

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  1. Open a Terminal Window
    (Press “Enter” to Execute Commands)
    Mageia Linux 2 Gnome 3 Open Terminal
  2. Linux How-to Easy Locate/Search/Find Files/Directories/Paths on Command Line:

    Linux Locate Command Utility
  3. Login as SuperUser

    su 

    If Got “User is Not in Sudoers file” then Look: Solution
    Or

    sudo su

    If Got “User is Not in Sudoers file” then Look: Solution

  4. Create Launcher Manually with Editor
    nano /usr/share/applications/nightly.desktop

    Example:

    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=Nightly
    Comment=Firefox Nightly Browser
    Exec=/opt/firefox/firefox
    Icon=/opt/firefox/icons/mozicon128.png
    StartupNotify=true
    Terminal=false
    Type=Application
    Categories=Network

    Ctrl+x to Save and Exit

    Linux How-to Properly SetUp the Launcher Category:

  5. The New Launcher on Gnome 3 Desktop Applications
    Mageia Linux 2 Custom Gnome 3 Launcher on Applications
  6. Howto Install Firefox Nightly on Linux:
    Firefox Nightly on Linux Distros

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