I wish to know how to create a program shortcut that is on the desktop and open a file that is saved in another folder. At present I a using Fedora 37 and sometimes if create a shortcut but more often will copy file to the desktop and launch from there and save to the desktop.
Here is the progression
Click shortcut on desktop (name of file)
The shortcut is actually a link to a program that loads a named file somewhere on the disk.
Here is what I am doing now from the desktop I open the file program change the directory to where I have the file saved an click the file I want to work on and then it loads into the program. Then I save the to the file in that directory
As it stands now it creates and save the file to the desktop…
What program are you talking about? If you’ve used the file before in that program, is it listed in the program’s “recent documents” list (or similar), if there is one?
Based on your first paragraph, I assume that if you navigate the file structure to where the working file is and double-click it (launch it), it opens in the desired program. Is that correct?
Are the working files for the program you’re running typically in one directory or a few directories, or are they scattered all over your file structure? Perhaps you could configure the program to look for the working files in a certain location. Or, if there are just a few directories where the working files are kept, you could add shortcuts to your file explorers to those directories.
Yes like windows shortcut…
Example have shortcut on desktop (like windows), double click it and a specific file made in calc and will open the file for editing. And save it back to file in its original location.
Yes exactly! I want to launch the program and file I am to work on from the desktop directory that is 3 deep into sub directories. An yes similar to the loading process from windows (that which I have scrubbed. Got fed up…uhh moving on). Linux for the standard user need pre-written methods to simplify work progress as opposed to to high programming skills. After all they are not writing programs for the space shuttle…
You don’t say which DE you use, so I’ll tell you how it works in Xfce, which is what I use. If you right-click on the desktop, one of the options is Create Launcher. If you select that, you get a new window, where you can give the launcher a name, add a comment, specify a command, working directory, icon and so-on. After you’ve saved this, you can right-click on it, go to the Permissions and make it executable. No need to go to the work of creating a .desktop file yourself, as this automates the progress. If you’re not using Xfce, try this anyway because the worst thing that can happen is that your DE doesn’t have this feature and nothing happens.
I am using Fedora 37. The link is a simple link to a file (created in a word processor for example). So Link on desktop → Double click → opens the word processor with the file opened for editing in from a specific directory and save back to the file in the specific directory where it was started. and yes = to the others Shortcut…
This is the Fedora-Linux Version. This in parenthesis is the Desktop In my case (MATE-Compiz)
If you have (Workstation), while open the terminal and type hostnamectl or just copy and paste it, you have Gnome desktop.