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Desktop icons

Posted by Andrew Z at Monday, April 21, 2008 | Permalink

Mac OS X is not the only platform with improved integration for 3.0. There's an unspoken rule on Windows platforms that applications must provide start link icons from the desktop. It's expected. It's tradition. It's how people start applications on Windows. Without desktop icons, an application is not fully integrated in Windows and cannot earn the coveted "Designed for Windows" bezel.

Though may not be seeking certification, it can now be considered "fully integrated" as 3.0 adds the install-time option of installing this necessary icon. I propose a new packaging sticker:

Microsoft Windows bezel: Designed for Windows- Certification capable (parody)

But seriously, this important usability feature is available in 3.0.

How to install the desktop shortcut

The last step of the 3 for Windows installation provides the option, which is enabled by default. Just click Install. 3.0 install option for desktop shortcuts

Then, the friendly icon will greet you on your desktop. 3.0 desktop shortcut on Windows XP desktop.  You can create the desktop shortcut icon later too.

Clicking on this launcher brings up the new start center. 3.0 start center

Everything should be this easy.

Older versions

Those with older versions can easily add a desktop icon. In Windows or KDE (Linux), drag from the start menu to the desktop. In GNOME, right click the menu entry and then choose Add this launcher to desktop.

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What is Open Office? said...

Wouldn't the desktop get cluttered quickly with an application launcher for each software package? In Ubuntu there is a menu for launching software, I find it hard to believe that such a feature is missing from Windows.

Andrew Z said...

What is Open Office?: A few ways to respond...

1. On the two forums, this is a FAQ. People ask either "I just installed it, but now how do I start" or "I know how to start it, but I still want a desktop icon or quick launcher icon."

2. There is only one icon needed for all applications because of the new start center.

3. The icon is optional and can easily be removed.

4. On Windows, as I mention in the article, the icon really is a standard that people expect. Even at my work, I often come across people who never use the Windows start menu: they always use desktop icons.

Anonymous said...


For the updates and communications! It makes the OpenOffice experience that much more enjoyable and delightful.

PLEASE keep us posted.