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Old 24th April 2012, 04:27 AM
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Desktop shortcuts

Hi there, I just moved from windows 7 to fedora 16 (any linux OS for the first time).

I want to know how do I make shortcuts to my documents on the desktop?

thanks in advance

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Old 24th April 2012, 05:39 PM
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Re: Desktop icons

By default the desktop is just your wallpaper. To enable icons, you need to tell the file manager to handle the desktop.

The easiest way to do that is to install gnome-tweak-tool (run "sudo yum install gnome-tweak-tool" in a terminal). It'll call itself "Advanced Settings" in the applications list. Run it, and go to the "Desktop" tab, and enable the "Have file manager handle the desktop" check-box. (See the attached screen-shot.)

Then you can create "short-cuts" (symbolic links, or symlinks for short, in Linux terminology) by middle-dragging a document onto the desktop and clicking "Link here" in the pop-up menu.
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Old 25th April 2012, 10:02 AM
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Re: Desktop icons

Hello !

You can try to use dconf-editor

1. Open Terminal
2. su -
3. ( enter your password )
4. yum -y install dconf-editor
5. exit ( to go to normal user, no like root )
7.after openening of application go to ( org --->gnome --->desktop --->background)
8.click background and after check box with name " show-desktop-icon "

And after you can see all showed icons or folders that you have save to you desktop.

Bye !
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Old 25th April 2012, 08:28 PM
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Re: Desktop icons

Since you say you are new to GNOME 3, you might want to take a look at this GNOME Shell Cheat Sheet. This will help you navigate through your system better. This does not answer your particular post but more of a general overview ...

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Old 26th April 2012, 03:26 PM
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Re: Desktop icons

Yes, in addition to installing gnome-tweak-tool, there are three web pages I recommend all new GNOME 3 users take a look at:
The tour – https://live.gnome.org/GnomeShell/Tour
The cheat-sheet – https://live.gnome.org/GnomeShell/CheatSheet
The extensions – https://extensions.gnome.org/
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