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#1 2012-04-26 13:15:28

gingerling
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making a file-shortcut with the GUI menu?

Hello,

I am new. I want to make a shortcut to a file (specifically a shortcut to my "blog" folder within my "todo" folder) but I wish to achieve this using GUI. usually I would right click on the "blog" folder, click "create shortcut" and then drag the new shortcut into my "todo" folder. There is no option in the menu for this, perhaps i can edit the menu? I know people like to get me to use comandline, but I find it very intrusive to use it for such small tasks as this, it interrupts my workflow a lot.

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#2 2012-04-26 13:21:09

gingerling
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Re: making a file-shortcut with the GUI menu?

Actually, I found out how - its a bit obscure... you right click, then "send to desktop" which makes a shortcut. considering its only really a file called desktop, as there are no files on the "desktop", this is a bit silly. Is there anyway to change this action in the GUI menu editor. I have so far only figured out how to edit the main menu

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#3 2012-04-26 15:23:16

noman
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Re: making a file-shortcut with the GUI menu?

You can make a custom action in Thunar for it: Edit>Configure custom actions, add a new one, then fill out the boxes like so:

Name: Symlink
Command: ln -s %f "Symlink to %n"

And in the Appearance Conditions tab, check all the boxes.

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#4 2012-04-26 15:28:52

rhowaldt
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Re: making a file-shortcut with the GUI menu?

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#5 2012-04-26 15:46:00

johnraff
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Re: making a file-shortcut with the GUI menu?

If you're using the Thunar file manager you can make a symbolic link by dragging and dropping a file between two windows with Ctrl and Shift both held down. (Also, Shift moves the file, and Ctrl copies.)

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#6 2012-04-26 15:47:56

johnraff
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Re: making a file-shortcut with the GUI menu?

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#7 2012-04-26 16:05:46

gingerling
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Re: making a file-shortcut with the GUI menu?

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#8 2012-04-26 16:15:38

rhowaldt
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Re: making a file-shortcut with the GUI menu?

^ surely! but i was simply guessing for the reason why desktop icons are not enabled by default smile

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#9 2012-04-26 16:16:38

gingerling
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Re: making a file-shortcut with the GUI menu?

i chose #! because it will force me not to have stuff on the desktop by default - it used to get out of hand. I want something wich makes me work in a more logical manner for my own good! smile

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#10 2012-04-26 16:20:46

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Re: making a file-shortcut with the GUI menu?

ah, i see i kinda misread your post. i thought you were looking to have desktop icons but you were just talking shortcuts inside directories. sorry! smile

glad you got your working solution. if this is indeed the end of your search, please remember to mark your thread 'Solved' by editing your first post.

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#11 2012-04-26 16:24:55

gingerling
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Re: making a file-shortcut with the GUI menu?

well, i still think there should be a really obvious GUI solution to this, I don't really understand why it is so complicated. I mean a) why change it from default (i assume) of making shortcut next to original as is in other OS's like ubuntu and b) why change it to something even LESS relevant to #! (to the non-existent desktop) - its very .... odd?! anyone else agree?

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#12 2012-04-26 16:41:23

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Re: making a file-shortcut with the GUI menu?

don't know what filemanager Ubuntu uses, as it depends on that what 'default' is. and i think it pretty logical that when you click 'send to desktop' it makes an attempt to send it to the desktop, which isn't there (or doesn't accept icons), and then just puts the .desktop file inside the current directory. doesn't seem very odd to me. but i never even knew you could do shortcuts in Thunar with the keycombo johnraff gave you, so maybe i shouldn't be answering the question, as i'm not the GUI-type smile

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