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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 | Posted by Aaron Hampshire | Labels: ,
Lubuntu 11.04, 11.10. Will probably work for almost all flavors of Ubuntu.
Because I use the gmail web interface as my email client, I was looking for a way to create a "gmail.com" application/icon on my desktop. There are certainly "easier" ways to do this, but most beginers don't like using the terminal. Here's a GUI approach.

First, you need root access of your applications file. Direct your file manager to:
/usr/share/applications
Now open the location as root.
Now, secondary-click -> create blank file.
Save as gmail.desktop.
Find your newly created file, secondary-click, and open with leafpad.
Paste the following code into the document and click save.
#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Gmail
Exec=chromium-browser http://gmail.com
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Icon=gmail
Categories=Network;WebBrowser;
If you use Firefox, simply replace "chromium-browser" with "firefox". Also the icon option can be set to any icon. You can view acceptable icons by looking through
/usr/share/icons
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