How to Add Application Shortcut to Desktop in Ubuntu 20.04

May 2, 2020 — 6 Comments

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This simple tutorial shows how to send application shortcut icons to the desktop in Ubuntu 20.04 Gnome Shell.

Want to put working folders and common used applications on your desktop? It’s easy to do this in the default Gnome desktop via following steps.

1. First open file browser and navigate to Other Locations > Computer > usr > share > applications. The shortcut files of most installed applications are there.

Open a new file browser window, and navigate to Desktop folder.

Now drag and drop desired applications’ .desktop files to the Desktop folder.

2. Then right-click on the desktop icons one by one and select ‘Allow Launching‘.

The icons should change, and will launch the applications once you click on them.

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6 responses to How to Add Application Shortcut to Desktop in Ubuntu 20.04

  1. Thank !

  2. Even more…. to get the shortcut in the favorites bar (on the left):

    Put the .desktop entry in /home/USERNAME/.local/share/applications
    Now it is shown (with the given icon) if you hit the “Show Applications” (bottom-left corner).
    Then, even before launching (double click) the icon, right click the icon and select “Add to favorites”.

  3. This worked after I installed Ubuntu 20.04.

    But after an update about a week ago, the icons are no longer launchable.

    If I right-click on the desktop icon (firefox.desktop) there is no “Allow Launching” menu choice.

    How to fix?

    Thanks,
    Ken in Sugar Creek

  4. Hi, is it possible to create a shortcut on desktop directly from favorite (favorite to desktop ) or from ‘show applications” ? Thanks.

  5. I installed my application by building from source code and making install. There is no corresponding .desktop in /usr/share/applications/. Is there any easy way to add a shotcut for it.
    Thanks!

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