Ubuntu applications shortcuts

For Linux desktop environments programs show up in menus from:

  • /usr/share/applications
  • ~/.local/share/applications ← especially for WINE

Sometimes an application might not appear in the desktop menus because it doesn’t have a .desktop file in either of these locations. Try opening one of the .desktop files for a program that works, and saving as a new file, editing for a program you’d like to work the same way.