Create Desktop Shortcuts (Icons) in Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) 4

In previous versions of Ubuntu with Gnome Desktop as the default session, one could quickly create desktop shortcuts by right-clicking on a blank area of the desktop and choosing to create launchers. Not anymore in Ubuntu 11.04/11.10 with Unity. Before you can create shortcuts in 11.04/ 11.10, you must first install some packages.

This brief tutorial will show you how to quickly create desktop shortcuts in Ubuntu 11.10 with Unity as your desktop session.




  • Learn to create desktop shortcuts
  • Enjoy!


To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T to open Terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to install necessary packages.

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-panel



After installing the above packages, begin creating desktop launchers by running the commands below:

gnome-desktop-item-edit --create-new ~/Desktop



Run the above commands for each new launcher you wish to create.


Fill in the application details on the screen shown below:








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