How to Create Desktop shortcuts in Linux Mint

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24 thoughts on “How to Create Desktop shortcuts in Linux Mint

    Ben Frawley

    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    Even FIVE YEARS since this video was made, Mint 19.1 doesnt have a right click, make shortcut, option. Pretty sure you could do it with Win95 onwards. No wonder I have a hard time convincing my friends to use Linux. Its actually quite embarrassing really.

    Igor Semenuk

    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    Good job, bro! More ways you know, better for you.

    y ing

    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    It works! Thank you

    Owen Fitzgerald

    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    All that, to create a desktop shortcut :/

    An easier way of doing it is to click on what you want to make a shortcut to once, hold CTRL and press tap M and it will create a copy of it with an 'arrow pointing to the Bottom Right'. That's your shortcut and then you can Cut and Past that to your Desktop.


    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    Thank God for Microsoft .


    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    Or you could just do:

    Right Click + Make Link


    CTRL + M for people who don't have the former option.

    Which will create a shortcut and you can drag that to the desktop. That's in a newer version of Linux Mint I'm using.

    Because THANK FUCKING GOD I have that option. I know the terminal is useful but that doesn't mean people should be forced into it to do the simplest of things. I don't know how it was years ago but christ…


    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    EASY TO DO…HA HA HA…teklek411 its just a damm shortcut…


    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    Thank God for Microsoft and their right click and send to desktop option!

    Cleverson Matiolli

    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    Thank you. You explain very well. Thumbs up!


    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    This is stupid. Linux should have shortcut commands implemented. So smart huh.

    Novel Martinez

    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    This is the worst!

    F2 Motorcycles Ltd

    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    Just find the file you want, Click Ctrl + M, shortcut appears, cut it and paste it onto the desktop. Takes seconds.

    Davi T

    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    Oh please!

    Select the file you want to shortcut in the folder, then: edit > make link. Done!
    It's actually easier than at windows!

    Why Linux enthusiasts try to make Linux look more complicated and hard to use when they should be doing the opposite of that!? It's just a shortcut, dude! A shortcut!

    Kevin R.

    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    Thanks buddy! That works like a charm. And I never knew about the "TAB" to auto-fill. 🙂

    Vedran Štefanović

    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    Thanks :-), I am looking this since I've installed Linux Minth :-). Very simple and helpful :-).

    Nam Truong

    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    thank you so much, I've been looking for a way to do it for a while 😀

    Omar Trujillo

    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    It's way easier if you drag and drop the folder holding ctrl + shift


    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    In Mint 17 (shift+ctrl+alt && drag) == symbolic link 😉


    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    It's kind of a pain in the ass. Right click create link, drag to the Desktop is a nice feature that should have been included.

    jim smith

    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    fuck that man! Thats far too complex! think Ill stick to Windows!

    Manuel Chagas

    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    Thank you for sharing your experience! This is what I like about Linux: people share the knowledge. Here's my 2 cents, though: why not making link from nautilus (right-click)? 🙂 That will make Windows lovers happy!

    Lu C

    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    This is the sort of thing that keeps people from ditching Windows for Linux.
    Do you have any idea how absolutely absurd it is to have to go through all of that just to create a bloody shortcut?
    It's astonishing that these advanced GUI Linux releases even came into existence when their creators can't even comprehend the importance of implementing basic copy, move & shortcut functionality.

    Halaf Errikkson

    (June 13, 2019 - 5:04 am)

    I think of symbolic links as a portal to the actual place. Thanks for this, it helped me understand a bit better

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