Linux Desktop How to Properly Set the Launcher Category on Main Menu

September 4, 2021 | By the+gnu+linux+evangelist | Filed in: Tutorial.

GNU/Linux Desktop Setting up Launcher Category Guide

The Article Describe How to Properly Set-Up the Category for the Main Applications Menu for a Launcher on GNU/Linux Desktops.

This Standard is managed by the freedesktop.org Organization.

At this Time it should be the Same for All Main Desktops like:

  • GNOME
  • KDE Plasma
  • Lxde
  • LXQt
  • Xfce
  • Mate
  • Cinnamon
  • Enlightenment
  • Budgie
  • Pantheon
  • Deepin
  • Unity

Finally, the Contents and Details of Post are Expressly Essentials to Give Focus Only to the Essentials Instructions and Commands and Make the Tut Easier to Understand. ;)

Linux Desktop How to Properly Set the Launcher Category on Main Menu
  1. 1. Making a Menu App Launcher

    How to Create App Launcher on Main Menu

    Make Desktop Launcher for Menu Guide
  2. 2. Editing Launcher

    Open for Editing the App File .desktop
    With nano play:

    sudo nano /usr/share/applications

    How to Quick-Start with Command Line on GNU/Linux

    Command Line Linux QuickStart Guide
    Ctrl+Shift+v to Paste in.
    Finally, Ctrl+x to Save & Exit from nano Editor.
  3. 3. Setting up Category

    Modify or Add the “Categories” Entry (It is Case-Sensitive)

    As Specified from freedesktop you Need to Set At Least One Main Category from the List of 10 Categories Enabled!

    Main Category List

    • AudioVideo

      A multimedia (audio/video) application.

    • Development

      An application for development.

    • Education

      Educational software.

    • Game

      A game.

    • Graphics

      Graphical application.

    • Network

      Network application such as a web browser.

    • Office

      An office type application.

    • Settings

      Settings applications.

    • System

      System application, “System Tools” such as say a log viewer or network monitor.

    • Utility

      Small utility application, “Accessories”.

    Only the Main Categories Generates a Correspondent Application Menu Entry.

    However, you are free to Set Multiple Categories for a Launcher.

    You Can Not Set a Custom Application Menu Entry just Because the Main Categories are Managed by freedesktop Standardization.


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