This assumes that the shortcuts already exist on the desktop or in the folder widget - correct? The apps I wanted to make short cuts don’t already have short cuts. So I’ll have to create a shortcut on the desktop first then drag it. A bit long winded.
You should still be able to create a shortcut. Heck you can even create a shortcut to a movie if you wanted to. Just browse to the folder where the application is and drag the application to the panel. Just make sure it’s in empty space and not somewhere like on the task manager. Easy as that. If need be, just right click on it and hit edit icon and set the icon or do whatever else you need to once it’s set.
I had a problem with this as well. The main problem was that if I made a ‘Link to Application’ on the desktop, it worked. If I then copied that link to a panel they both worked. But if I then deleted the original link, the panel copy wouldn’t work. The only solution I found (with help) was to use menu editor and add the application to the KDE menu which would then allow me to drag it onto the panel.
I’ll try that next time. It would be more intuitive if you right clicked on the panel and an option to add an application to the panel was offered in the context menu. You would then browse to the app and add it. And actually it seems from old KDE documentation (point 5.1) is how it once worked.
This doesn’t work if there’s not already a shortcut in the application launcher. In that case you would have to first create the shortcut using the menu editor and then you would be able to use the method you describe.
In 4.4, I couldn’t add apps to the top panel in search & launch until I discovered (by accident) that if you open the menu in the center of the desktop and find the app you want, hovering over the icon makes a gold star appear. Clicking on that gold star adds the app to the top panel.
The other methods add it to the bottom (or side) panel.
every icon i change isn’t shown, only gear icon, in the setting panel the correct icon is shown, I can change it and it seemms ok, but when I close the settings panel the shortcut show the gear, in the desktop folder is ok, also in the side panel show gear icon.