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    Have opensuse 12.2 ,gnome desktop. Opened file system and went to /usr/share/applications and right clicked an icon (Firefox) and was not able to copy and paste it to desktop. It was grayed out. Only thing I could do was copy to home folder which I also can't get on the desktop. Thanks for the help.

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    On Thu, 06 Sep 2012 17:46:01 +0000, benjie1 wrote:

    > Have opensuse 12.2 ,gnome desktop. Opened file system and went to
    > /usr/share/applications and right clicked an icon (Firefox) and was not
    > able to copy and paste it to desktop. It was grayed out. Only thing I
    > could do was copy to home folder which I also can't get on the desktop.
    > Thanks for the help.


    GNOME3 doesn't support desktop icons unless you're running in fallback
    mode. You might want to look at the GNOME website to see what's new in
    GNOME3, as it's very different from GNOME2.

    Jim



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Henderson
    On Thu, 06 Sep 2012 17:46:01 +0000, benjie1 wrote:

    > Have opensuse 12.2 ,gnome desktop. Opened file system and went to
    > /usr/share/applications and right clicked an icon (Firefox) and was
    > not able to copy and paste it to desktop. It was grayed out. Only
    > thing I could do was copy to home folder which I also can't get on
    > the desktop. Thanks for the help.


    GNOME3 doesn't support desktop icons unless you're running in fallback
    mode. You might want to look at the GNOME website to see what's new in
    GNOME3, as it's very different from GNOME2.

    Jim


    Hi Jim
    Sure it does... and not in fallback mode;
    http://paste.opensuse.org/42178683

    You can either link to the desktop files or copy them to ~/Desktop. You
    do need to fire up nautilus to kick it into life. You also need to
    start and 'trust' from the application for the icon to appear.

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    On Thu, 06 Sep 2012 19:59:49 +0000, malcolmlewis wrote:

    > Hi Jim Sure it does... and not in fallback mode;
    > http://paste.opensuse.org/42178683
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    > You can either link to the desktop files or copy them to ~/Desktop. You
    > do need to fire up nautilus to kick it into life. You also need to start
    > and 'trust' from the application for the icon to appear.


    Interesting, I had tried this on 12.1 but it didn't work for me unless I
    was in fallback mode.

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    Thanks guys. Got a few icons on desktop courtesy of Advanced settings. Still would like to put a few more there. Opened nautilus and tried to copy icons to ~Desktop but notsure how to do this. Have Gnome 3 and Opensuse 12.2 Can you point me to where I can find info on this. Really only want to add 3 or 4 icons to desktop like skype, dictionary, terminal. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjie1
    Thanks guys. Got a few icons on desktop courtesy of Advanced settings.
    Still would like to put a few more there. Opened nautilus and tried to
    copy icons to ~Desktop but notsure how to do this. Have Gnome 3 and
    Opensuse 12.2 Can you point me to where I can find info on this. Really
    only want to add 3 or 4 icons to desktop like skype, dictionary,
    terminal. Thanks.

    Hi
    Just open a terminal and copy as required, for example;
    Code:
    cp /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop ~/Desktop
    They probably need to be started (no icon) and selected as trusted.

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    Followed above and cp /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop ~Desktop and that worked. Hope I can do same for a Terminal icon and others. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjie1
    Followed above and cp /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop ~Desktop
    and that worked. Hope I can do same for a Terminal icon and others.
    Thanks.

    Hi
    Sure, they are all in /usr/share/applications/

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    Thanks guys. Got all the icons I wanted on the desktop. Question: Why is it necessary to jump through hoops to do this. Couldn't it be set up so that we could just drag and drop the icons from /usr/share/applications? Would be easier and a lot less confusing for a newbie. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjie1
    Thanks guys. Got all the icons I wanted on the desktop. Question: Why is
    it necessary to jump through hoops to do this. Couldn't it be set up so
    that we could just drag and drop the icons from /usr/share/applications?
    Would be easier and a lot less confusing for a newbie. Thanks again.

    Hi
    A design decision by the GNOME folks AFAIK.... You should be able to,
    they just need to be copied to ~/Desktop

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