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

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

10 thoughts on “Ubuntu: How to create a link to a directory on your Desktop

  1. Brett says:

    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.

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