How to Make Desktop Shortcuts in Puppy Linux

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How to Make Desktop Shortcuts in Puppy Linux
You can create a desktop shortcut in the Puppy Linux operating system. (computer system on blue circle ground image by patrimonio designs from

Puppy is a lightweight minimal Linux distribution designed to run live on most computers. Puppy is much smaller than most Linux distributions and can be run from a CD, USB or hard drive. It is configurable, so you can change many system options, including creating desktop shortcuts.

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  1. 1

    Click the "Home" icon on the desktop to open its contents. This opens your file system and displays folders, files and executable applications.

  2. 2

    Click the "Show Hidden Files" button in the middle of the menu bar. Click "/.usr_more," then "/local/OOo-2.0" and open the "/program" directory. This shows the executable files of all installed applications.

  3. 3

    Look for the icon of the program for which you want to create a desktop shortcut and drag it to the desktop.

  4. 4

    Navigate to "/usr/local/lib/X11/pixmaps" in the "Home" folder and locate the icon for the program you dragged to the desktop. Right-click the desktop icon, select "File..." and "Set Icon." This opens a dialogue box for setting up an icon.

  5. 5

    Drag the icon you located in Step 4 into the box called "Drop an Icon File Here." Click "OK" to set the icon.

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