Let's add some fresh knowledge to the forum now Ubuntu 20.04 is out =). My question today is simple; what is the most elegant way to create desktop shortcuts (e.g. to folders, applications or documents) in Ubuntu 20.04?

Best Answer

You can copy a file from /usr/share/applications to your desktop folder ( ~/Desktop ) using the cp command. Then right click the .desktop file and select ' allow launching '.

An example would be

cp /usr/share/applications/nautilus.desktop ~/Desktop

Make sure to include the .desktop ending.

You might also have to allow launching for an existing .desktop file after upgrading to Ubuntu 20.04.