I use the Ubuntu partition on my laptop as my main/work desktop and I barely use Windows because I have all the programs and applications I need on Ubuntu even Windows programs like Adobe Photoshop. Running Photoshop on Ubuntu is made possible by Wine, a software that lets users install Windows software on other operating systems like Ubuntu, Mandriva, SUSE, FreeBSD, Solaris and OpenSolaris and run these applications like it was on Windows.
Once installed, Wine applications can be accessed via Applications > Wine > Programs. What I don’t like about this is, I don’t want to go through that process everytime I want to open a Wine application. I want to have a desktop shortcut that will give me a faster and easier way to access a Wine app. Installing Windows applications with Wine is fast and easy but creating shortcuts isn’t. Today, I’ll show you how to create Wine application shortcuts on Ubuntu.
For this tutorial, I’ll be creating a shortcut for Adobe Photoshop CS2.
1. Create a “Launcher”. Right-click on the desktop click on “Create Launcher“.
2. On the Command field, click “Browse“.
3. Follow this path – /.wine/drive_c/Program Files/ and look for the program’s executable file (.exe). Some programs will require you to go several folders deeper.
If you can’t locate the .wine folder in your home directory, Press Ctrl + H to show hidden folders.
4. Select the .exe file and click on “Open“. The Command field should have something like this:
ex. “/home/username/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS2/Photoshop.exe”
5. In order for it to work, you’ll have to add “wine” at the beginning of the line.
wine “/home/username/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/yourprogram.exe”
ex. wine “/home/username/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS2/Photoshop.exe”
6. Fill in the details for the rest of the fields like “Name” and “Comment“. Take note that the “Type” field should be “Application“.
7. Next thing to do is choose an icon for your shortcut. For this one, you’ll need to download an icon for your program shortcut. The ideal icon would be a .png icon with transparent background. You can find one by doing a Google search or try Deviantart. Save the icon in the “usr/share/pixmaps” folder.
Click on the small box on the left side.
Click Browse then go to “usr/share/pixmaps” folder and select the custom icon that you downloaded and saved earlier. Click on the icon and click OK.
8. After you’ve chosen the icon for your shortcut, click OK and that’s it. Now you have a desktop shortcut of your favorite Wine application.
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