Want to add a program launcher to the panel in Linux Mint with the Cinnamon desktop? It’s not intuitive. It’s easy – but not intuitive.
You might think that you can right-click on the panel and choose to add a launcher; however, this isn’t how it’s done. You can add applets this way, but you can’t add a launcher.
Instead, call up the Menu and browse to the listing for the application of choice. Now, right-click on the application and choose “Add to panel”.
Easy! – when you know how.
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