Launcher to Linux Mint 12 Lisa Desktop


Launcher to Linux Mint 12 Lisa Desktop

I’ll show how do you make a Launcher to Linux Mint 12 Lisa Desktop!
First, open the home folder and display the hidden directory folders.

Hidden folders can be displayed by pressing CTRL + H or the folder menu, select View-Show Hidden Files.

Open the. gnome2 directory folder, next, you open the nautilus-scripts directory folder. Right-click on the background , from there select Create Document and Empty File.
Rename it to Create New Launcher,
Open the file by double-click, and copy the following text there

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


If you have a problem with this guide, replace the word “Desktop” to your own language.

Save the current file and close the window.
Right-click on the file you just made and select properties.

From the tab Permission select Execute: Allow executing file as program, then click Close.
The launcher is ready, close all the windows.Right click on the Desktop select Scripts and click Creat New Launcher.

Create Launcher, Type: Application, Name: Firefox, Command: Firefox Click OK and its ready.
Ready, also in this guide Install Software In Linux is how you make a starter to your desktop.


9 comments for “Launcher to Linux Mint 12 Lisa Desktop

  1. wujj123456
    08/01/2012 at 19:04

    Thanks! This article helped me a lot. Just wondering why “create a launcher” doesn’t exist at first place.

  2. Ann
    13/03/2012 at 16:55

    Does not work correctly. Sure it creates New Launcher but there are missing (critical) fields.

    ie: the only two fields are


    No Applications or Command fields

    • admin
      13/03/2012 at 18:24

      Hi Ann!
      On the page was a small bug, Now the command is the same as the picture!

  3. loodje
    22/04/2012 at 23:05

    Why on earth should this be so complex? What happened to right clicking on the desktop or top or bottom panels to add a shortcut/launcher? It’s like taking a giant step backwards in the user interface.

    • 11/05/2012 at 19:59

      I quite agree. I wonder if Microsoft’s “third column” has infiltrated Linux with Gnome 3 so that we can all have bloat-ware? It certainly seems like a massive step back, and Cinnamon seems to be a lot of effort for no real reward. Xfce looks to be the only way to go if we want to exercise logic. Why do the really clever people think that we need these fancy desktops? If a couple of geese will keep my lawn cut and lay eggs for free, why on earth do I need a tractor and set of gang-mowers from the local football club do do the same job?

  4. Mihai
    23/04/2012 at 0:48

    Excellent! I wonder if it is possible in a similar way to create a drawer on the panel (like in good old gnome2) ?!

  5. Myke
    20/05/2012 at 2:15

    …This does not seem to work for me. I write the script, save, enable starting as program. I right-click the desktop and — nothing. There is no create script option. Folders, documents, but no scripts.

    If I right-click on the original script file, I DO get a ‘create script’ option and can create a launcher, but then the launcher does not show up anywhere!! FRUSTRATING, as is much of Linux!!!

    • Michael Charton
      02/06/2012 at 16:35

      Make sure, the folder “Desktop” does exist in your home-directory.
      For me (German) the folder is named “Arbeitsfläche” – the abve mentioned procedure worked after replacing “Desktop” by “Arbeitsfläche”!

      So don’t blame it on Linux – it’s just the operator 🙂

  6. mav1566
    27/03/2013 at 15:56

    i cant this “create a launcher’ to work with libre office, am i missing something or is there another way?

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