Adding a program to the desktop

The panel has only so much room. Maybe you would rather have your program shortcuts lined up on the desktop as you do in Windows. To add a program to the desktop, follow these steps:

1. Click the Main Menu button to open the GNOME main menu.

2. Browse to the submenu containing the program you want to add to the desktop.

3. Select the program you want to add to the desktop.

Don't open the program — just move your mouse pointer to it. For example, to add The GIMP, you move your mouse to the words The GIMP so that they're highlighted.

4. Click and hold the mouse button on the program name and drag it to the desktop; then let go of the button.

Be sure to drag this item to the side (not up through the menu). A little piece-of-paper graphic follows your mouse pointer until you release the mouse button. After you do so, your new shortcut is added to the desktop.

If you're not happy with where a desktop icon is placed, click it and then drag it to a new location.

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