Simple ways to create shortcut in Linux Mint 19

There many different ways of creating a shortcut in Linux Mint. In this post I'll introduce several(tested on Linux Mint 19):

  • Creating shortcut from right click menu
  • Using terminal for creating shortcut
  • Creating a launcher as a shortcut

Video tutorial: how to create shortcut in Linux Mint 19

Creating shortcut from right click menu

Let say that we have folders: pictures and videos. Our goal is to create link from videos to pictures:

  • /home/user/Pictures
  • /home/user/Videos

Here are the steps that you can follow to create link from videos to pictures:

  • Open parent folder or Pictures or the other folders - /home/user/
  • Right click folder Pictures
  • Make Link (You may need to press + - next to open - in order to show more commands)
  • Copy paste the new link into videos folder

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Using terminal for creating shortcut

Another way to create the shortcut would be by using the terminal. Below you can find two examples:

  • create new shortcut(symlink):
ln -s /path/to/file /path/to/symlink
ln -s /home/user/Pictures /home/user/Videos
  • create/update new shortcut(symlink):
ln -sf /path/to/file /path/to/symlink
ln -sf /home/user/Pictures /home/user/Videos

Creating a launcher as a shortcut

Another way of creating shortcut in Linux mint is by using a launcher. These are the steps:

  • right click on the desktop
  • create a new launcher here ...
  • Enter launcher properties
    • name - Pictures link
    • command - nemo %UPictures
    • comment - link to pictures(optional)
    • icon - /usr/share/icons/Mint-x/places/128/folder.svg (optional)

move the launcher in Videos folder.

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