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Ubuntu: How to create a link to a directory on your Desktop

Posted in Ubuntu by Dennis on 09/07/2008
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I remember it took me some time to understand how this worked… so I want to let you know how you can add a link to a generic directory on your Desktop. It’s really easy to do that, but it can be quite of tricky because it’s a different way from Window’s one.

In Ubuntu (assuming that you are using GNOME), there are many different ways to create your link:

  1. Nautilus. Simply navigate to the containter of the directory you want to link, right click on that directory and “Create Link”. This will place a link to your dir exactly where you are. Now take the link (cut: CTRL+X) and paste (CTRL+V) it on the desktop;
  2. Mouse. Drag the folder to the Desktop using the middle mouse button. A small window will open: select “Link here”;
  3. Terminal. ln -s /path/directory ~/Desktop/Name
  4. Right click on the Desktop and choose “create launcher”. In the “command” field write “nautilus /path/directory” without the quotes.

A short (and hope useful for somebody) post today! :)

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  1. Brett said,

    Definitely useful–thanks! The middle-mouse-button trick was essential for me to get a link to /home/brett on my desktop because you can’t create the initial link in the home directory. Looks like options 3 and 4 would work too.

  2. Angelo Russo said,

    Thank you, that’s just what I needed!

  3. Richard Knop said,

    Very useful and exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thanks man ;)

  4. sreekar said,

    thanks a lot …

  5. zed said,

    thanks mate, just what i needed

  6. Jim said,

    Exactly what I needed. Thanks!


  7. Thank you, pretty clear.

    I prefeer use the terminal ln -s =)

  8. Ben Sampson said,

    Lovely, been looking for this to use on terminal

  9. Sampath Kumar said,

    Thanks. It worked in Ubuntu 11.10

  10. adithya said,

    thanks this is what i need


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