Desktop Icons (Gnome) on Suse 13.1

How would one get shortcuts to apps on my desktop? I am using Gnome on openSUSE 13.1.

Thanks.

K

If you want to have “shortcuts” on your desktop, you should have installed KDE. You can come back and install the KDE desktop, else lear how the new GNOME works. The two desktops are a lot different from each other. If you want support for desktop icons, then KDE is what you want to use.

Thank You,

Thanks for the reply.

I have checked out KDE prior to installing Gnome. I like Gnome because it isn’t so “Windows” based with the start menu etc. I understand the two desktops are a lot different from each other, hence why they aren’t called KDE 1 and KDE 2 or Gnome 1 or Gnome 2…

I did sort of get a snippy vibe from your response though. “…else learn how the new GNOME works.”

The reason I asked how to get shortcuts on my desktop, even though I am using Gnome, I still noticed that there is a “home” icon on the desktop and when I mount my Windows partition, the Windows Partition icon shows up on the desktop as well…so, one could assume that there would be a way to place shortcuts on the desktop.

K

In the Tweak Tool, you can choose special icons to display on your desktop, such as home, computer, trash. You can also have the file manager handle the desktop, which will allow you to save or copy files to your ~/Desktop directory, and they will be visible on your desktop. Copy the application launcher to that directory.

Thanks!

How do I get the file manager to handle the desktop?

K

With the gnome-tweak-tool.

Have you had a chance to look at the Gnome Tweak Tool in Suse 13.1? It is no longer called the Gnome Tweak Tool - Just Tweak Tool. And, from what I can see, there is no option anymore for file manager to handle the desktop.

K

peakcomp wrote:
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> Thanks!
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> How do I get the file manager to handle the desktop?
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> K
Just open tweak tool and navigate to tab on sidepane called “Desktop”.
There you will see slider to enable desktop icons


GNOME 3.10.1
openSUSE 13.1 (Bottle) (x86_64) 64-bit
Kernel Linux 3.11.6-4-desktop

Desktop icons were already activated. Does this force the file manager to control the desktop?

Hi
Yes, if you right click on the desktop you will see some on the Nautilus actions available. The other option is to use alacarte to create menu entries (aka <app>.desktop) linked to your apps.

When I right click on my desktop, I get: New Folder, Open Terminal, Organize desktop by name, keep aligned, change background…?

I wouldn’t dismiss KDE simply because you think “it looks like windows” (and isn’t adding icons to the desktop a very “windows” look anyway?).
Plasma desktop is highly configurable. There are alternative panels to the default that can make KDE look completely different.
Adding shortcut icons to the desktop is very easy in KDE

a few examples of alternative looks

Lightning Unified QtCurve KDE-Look.org
Doomsday KDE-Look.org
http://kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=102077

peakcomp wrote:
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> Have you had a chance to look at the Gnome Tweak Tool in Suse 13.1? It
> is no longer called the Gnome Tweak Tool - Just Tweak Tool. And, from
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The command to launch it from Alt+F2 is still “gnome-tweak-tool”

what I can see, there is no option anymore for file manager to
handle the desktop.

And i think it does force Nautilus to take over desktop
Nautilus not in system monitor before switch
When i switch “on” the icons Nautilus appears in system monitor

Before :-
http://img.susepaste.org/view/raw/97219061

After :-
http://img.susepaste.org/view/raw/70607614

GNOME 3.10.1
openSUSE 13.1 (Bottle) (x86_64) 64-bit
Kernel Linux 3.11.6-4-desktop

I appreciate your interest in KDE, but KDE is not for me. I do not care for KDE, hence why I am using Gnome. I believe this is a case of the iOS vs Android conversation and I’m not willing to head there. Thanks tho. :slight_smile:

Ok cool!

Now, how do I get some shortcuts on the desktop? :slight_smile:

peakcomp wrote:
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> Ok cool!
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> Now, how do I get some shortcuts on the desktop? :slight_smile:
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Assuming that your are asking this question for GNOME(3.10) Shell desktop

Q:Do you want to create a shortcut for files/folders on your desktop ?

A: Right click on them and “Make Link”. cut/Copy these to your
/home/<User>/Desktop.

To automate(make it a one-step process) read the following post:-

http://vazhavandan.blogspot.com/2013/03/why-should-we-use-nautilus-actions.html

Q:Do you want to create a shortcut for applications like Firefox on your
desktop ?

1.) open gedit, Alt+F2 ==> gedit
2.)Copy the below contents into gedit and save it as 1.desktop in your
/home/<username>/Desktop folder


[Desktop Entry]
Terminal=false
Name=Firefox
Exec=firefox
Type=Application
Icon=/usr/share/icons/gnome/scalable/apps/web-browser-symbolic.svg

3.) Finally right click on file ==>navigate toProperties ==> open
Permissions tab ==> Set “execute” flag “ON”

Sample launchers/shortucts for programs(gedit,firefox) and shortcuts for
files(abc.txt) and Folders(Downloads)

http://img.susepaste.org/view/raw/64723099


GNOME 3.10.1
openSUSE 13.1 (Bottle) (x86_64) 64-bit
Kernel Linux 3.11.6-4-desktop

peakcomp wrote:
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> Ok cool!
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> Now, how do I get some shortcuts on the desktop? :slight_smile:
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Alternatively, In addition to above mentined method,in order to get
application shortucts on desktop, the favourites bar/shortcuts can be
shown on desktop using a shell extension
https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/307/dash-to-dock/

Sample screenshot:-

http://img.susepaste.org/view/raw/40809116


GNOME 3.10.1
openSUSE 13.1 (Bottle) (x86_64) 64-bit
Kernel Linux 3.11.6-4-desktop

peakcomp wrote:
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> Ok cool!
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> Now, how do I get some shortcuts on the desktop? :slight_smile:
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Ultra cool shortcut to open and close cd/dvd rom doors. I have tested it
and it works on my deskop.

file name :- Eject.desktop
source code :


#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0
Type=Application
Terminal=false
Icon[en_GB]=gnome-panel-launcher
Name[en_GB]=CD ROM
Exec=eject -T /dev/cdrom
Comment[en_GB]=Toggle Eject
Name=CD ROM
Comment=Toggle Eject
Icon=gnome-panel-launcher

Q:-How does it look on desktop?
A:- Look for the orange icon in my previous posts.


GNOME 3.10.1
openSUSE 13.1 (Bottle) (x86_64) 64-bit
Kernel Linux 3.11.6-4-desktop

When I right click on the desktop, I don’t see any option for make link or add program to desktop…

What is alacarte? Is that an app/program

peakcomp wrote:
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> When I right click on the desktop, I don’t see any option for make link
> or add program to desktop…
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> What is alacarte? Is that an app/program
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In my earlier post i told you how to make:-

==>shortcuts to folders/files on desktop
==>application shortcuts on desktop

http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-technical-help-here/applications/492475-desktop-icons-gnome-suse-13-1-a-2.html#post2601197


GNOME 3.10.1
openSUSE 13.1 (Bottle) (x86_64) 64-bit
Kernel Linux 3.11.6-4-desktop