Today i downloaded the latest installer(eclipse-inst-linux64.tar.gz) of eclipse from the official website and i installed in my system. now i want to create a shortcut to launch the program. how can i do that ? if i double click on the eclipse file which is selected as the screenshot i am able to launch the program, someone help me to create a shortcut see the picture

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You can create a .desktop file:

$ cd Desktop
$ touch eclipse.desktop

Open it with your favorite text editor (gedit, for example):

$ gedit eclipse.desktop

Add this to that file:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Name of your application

Finally, make it executable:

$ chmod u+x eclipse.desktop

Final result should be something like:

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You can create an application launcher in your panel:

1- Right click on your panel

2- Choose add to panel

3- Custom application Launcher

4- Then, add the path of the executable as a command and specify the icon and other metadata

The steps may differ slightly on your desktop environment but the idea is the same.

If you want an actual link on desktop or somewhere else:

1- Right click on the executable

2- make link (or similar option)

3- And rename/move the link as you like

or using the command line


Or you can create a desktop entry to add a launcher to your menu and here's how: https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/1504

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