Ubuntu MATE makes it very easy to add icons, also referred to as shortcuts or launchers, to your most frequently used application to your computer's desktop. We'll show you how to add the word processor icon to your desktop. The process is exactly the same for any application that appears in the Ubuntu MATE menus.
These are the steps to follow:
The finished launcher will appear on your desktop as shown below. You can move it around and place it anywhere on the desktop you prefer.
If you want to create System icons such as "Computer," "Home," "Trash," "Network," or "Mounted Volumes" (USB drives, DVD drives, etc.) then Ubuntu MATE makes that easy for you, too. You simply use the MATE Tweak application, located in Control Center to select them. The screen shot below shows your options. Ensure that the "Show Desktop Icons" setting is checked to ensure that the icons you've selected are visible on your desktop.
For additional ways of customizing your Linux desktop, see our article on this topic. It details how to change background wallpaper, themes and desktop behavior with the Cinnamon, MATE and KDE desktops.
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