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How to create a custom .desktop-file

Correct content of zotero.desktop as follows: [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Encoding=UTF-8 Name=Zotero Comment=Bibliografisch programma Exec=/home/lieven/ICT/Configuratie\ en\ Setup/Zotero_linux-...
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Adding an executable to Plank

Create .desktop extension file in ~/.local/share/applications. For example: scratch-text-editor ~/.local/share/applications/isoplex.desktop And write this in there: [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=...
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How to enable desktop icons and right click in Elementary OS Freya?

To enable the desktop Step 1: Install Nautilus dconf-tools: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends nautilus dconf-tools Step 2: Open dconf-editor and go to, org > gnome > ...
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Where do I find find web apps' .desktop files?

You will find your .desktop files under ~/.local/share/applications/
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When I add a .desktop file to ~/.local/share/applications it appears but doesn't open from Applications menu

so @shrestha_aj has the answer: I just needed to remove the quotes from Exec and Path. Like this: [Desktop Entry] Name=Team Speak 3 Comment=TS Exec=/home/nicolas/Programs/TeamSpeak3-Client-...
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Files Don't Appear on Desktop?

There is not a desktop folder in elementary OS, you can't put icons or files in the desktop, all the icons go to the dock bar and the files to your home folder
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Deleted wallpapers still showing up in "Desktop"

Actually, I found it. Elementary OS stores wallpaper cache for Applications->System Setting->Desktop in: ~/.local/share/backgrounds Really confusing to find especially after googling for solutions ...
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How to remove a shortcut from applications menu - Freya

Use Mainmenu (AKA alacarte) Install from software center or with terminal command: sudo apt-get install alacarte
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Intellij IDEA Blurry Second Icon on Plank

For some reason deleting the StartupWMClass=jetbrains-idea from /usr/share/applications and having the .desktop file with StartupWMClass=jetbrains-idea at ~/.local/share/applications did the trick.
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How can i make a URL-shortcut?

This will probably do: [Desktop Entry] Name=WebsiteName GenericName=websitename Exec=xdg-open http://www.yourwebsite.com Terminal=false Icon= Type=Application Categories=Application;Network;X-...
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How can I change the default order of Dock icons for new users?

The dock (Plank) uses dconf to store its settings. You can find the items in the net.launchpad.plank.docks domain. You can install debconf-editor to play around with things, and you can use the ...
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How to open a new Terminal Window instead of a new Tab

The solution I found for the same problem is to make a new Custom shortcut - System settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Custom shortcut , click on the little + on the bottom left side of the right ...
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Any way to include flatpak .desktop files to the ones scanned by the Applications menu?

I haven't confirmed this, but elementary OS probably adheres to the standards defined by Freedesktop.org. If this is the case, you can append your special path to one of the environment variables in ...
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How Do I Create Desktop Launcher Files

As of now you can install AppEditor from the AppCentre. Should work the same as alacarte but with elementary design.
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how to make custom keyboard shortcuts?

I'm new to eOS, and Linux, too. Just try to use Custom Shortcuts to launch apps. It seems do the trick. For the Command Line to launch specific app, AppEditor have some handy informaitons. As I'm ...
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Add to Startup an application that is not showing

I got it working by linking the .desktop file to ~/.config/autostart. I still think it's a bit confusing that the app list in that specific settings page is different than what is shown in the ...
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Add to Startup an application that is not showing

In some cases installed applications are not present in the available list of applications that can be added to the startup list, but you could just add the path to your application executable into ...
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Screenshot of an Area Keyboard Shortcut

Go to your Terminal and with the command screenshot-tool --help you can see all the available options. Then you can define your personal Keyboard-Shortcut in Switchboard > Keyboard > Custom ... I do ...
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Command line applications don't launch from menu

Still don't have any idea where to look for real reason of the issue, but I've found a workaround. For example for htop application, in file /usr/share/applications/htop.desktop I've changed lines: ...
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How do reload the mime types after change .desktop file so Files know new app on "Open with" menu

Compare the .desktop file of mtpaint with another .desktop file of an app that works and see what's missing or what's different. You might need to add %U at the line Exec, so you will have: Exec=...
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How do reload the mime types after change .desktop file so Files know new app on "Open with" menu

I think you need to update the miminfo.cache using update-desktop-database command.
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Popcorn Time icon duplicate on plank

StartupWMClass is only used to group windows with the same class name. You need to look at changing the class with the exec command if the program supports gtk options. Try running the executable ...
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how to add smaller in icon in .desktop - file for slingshot?

I would try the AppEditor app, it's a Elementary OS specific app that makes editing those desktop files easy.
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Where do I find find web apps' .desktop files?

You can delete Epiphany webapps completely from the browser, in the about:applications page. They also create a browser profile directory in ~/.config/epiphany in addition to the .desktop file, if you ...
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No app icon when using search bar

Menulibre is great when it comes to change desktop icon, but doesn't work every time and sometimes application still has no icon when it's searched from search bar. I managed to fix these icons with ...
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No app icon when using search bar

Try this and see if it helps. sudo apt-get install menulibre menulibre navigate menulibre to the program that is missing its icon. click on the grey square with gearwheel. This should open a small ...
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Network Manager Restart Script Issue

well there is also another way you could do this ... but I am not sure that it is "proper" ... need to think about that create your bash script make it executable by ANYONE sudo chown root:root {you ...
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Network Manager Restart Script Issue

You have used sudo and the script keep waiting for a password. You must use gksu to open a dialog and enter your password.
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How to enable desktop icons and right click in Elementary OS Loki (0.4)?

This is a design decision. The philosophy of elementary OS is aimed just to have a clean desktop. The developers supported the clean desktop day on October 17th in twitter: elementary @...
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