I'm new to Xfce, please excuse me for asking this probably pretty lame question!
I need to create icons for my favourite applications to place on the desktop. In Ubuntu/Gnome I just locate the application in the applications menu and then right click to create a desktop icon. Or I can simply drag the icon to the desktop.
But in Xubuntu/Xfce this appoach doesn't seem to work. Can you please help me figure out how this is done in Xfce?
First you have to enable desktop icons in menu>>settings>>desktop settings>>behaver.
Then go to /usr/share/applications and find the app you want. Just simply drag it to the desktop.
I dragged some files from /usr/share/applications to the desktop but I see that these icons have for type as text/plain and when I click them with mouse a text editor pops up instead of running. What did I make wrong?
Thanks for the reply.
How would you add icons to the taskbar ?
Is it impossible to add an application icon on the taskbar ??
If not, how ??
The taskbar in Linux is actually called the 'panel'. To add icons that open programs to the panel you need to add a 'Launcher'. You then configure it yourself with the command used to run the program and the path of the icon location.
It seems difficult but it's not. I really like the 'Launchers' because I can add different commands to open folders that I use, or even Firefox to a web page address. The command is 'exo-open' and then add the location like this:
This is the xfce4-panel with Launchers (on the bottom, the top panel is only using xfce4-panel-plugins):
1440x900 view: http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/rr16 … t-17-7.png
The cube effect is shown when you pres "ctr AND alt" key and then with the "left mouse button" drag the desktop all at the same time that is