How to create an ubuntu desktop shortcut - tutorial

In this mini tutorial, I show you how to create a shortcut on the desktop ubuntu. SPOILER ALERT: No terminal or GUI needed to do this.

Linux is the most open, free and anything can happen digital world. If you have just entered the world of Linux-based operating systems, you will suddenly discover that freedom does not mean ease or security.

By default, the security level of a Linux system is (in my opinion) much higher than windows systems. The problem is that the danger and the difficulty is the one in front of your screen… Yes, you who read me, I'm not looking elsewhere!!! (lol)

In Linux it is very easy, with the power super admin , delete important files to systems. It's also very easy to turn part of your hard drive into RAM (known as SWAP memory).

What's hard to do on linux, especially with ubuntu which I love so much, is create a desktop shortcut.

It often happens that the simplest actions are those that are often underestimated.

In this mini tutorial I will show you how to create the shortcut of any file or folder on the desktop of your linux distribution, ubuntu.

I really like the terminal but for desktop shortcut creation, I prefer this trick.

How to create an ubuntu desktop shortcut

Some linux distributions like linux mint offer window managers that take into account the creation of graphical shortcuts.

When you come to ubuntu (even the most recent version), things are not so obvious until you master the trick.

The easiest and coolest way to create a shortcut for a file or folder is to use the CTRL+SHIFT combination.

Here's how to go about it:

  • Point the mouse at the folder or file for which you want to create the shortcut,

  • simultaneously press the keys Ctrl + Shift,

  • While holding the Ctrl+Shift combination, hold the left mouse button on the file or folder and then drag it to your desktop or the folder where you want the shortcut to appear.

It is possible to create by the same means the shortcut in the same folder then cut and paste on the desktop.

Basically for short, you need Ctrl + Shift and drag.

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How to create an ubuntu desktop shortcut