icons on the desktop?

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http://forums.fedoraforum.org – I'm trying to setup my login desktop so the firefox icon is visible without having to click on "activities" first to get the side bar. Is it possible to put icons on this desktop? This would be for both FC17 and FC16. I found one post that described how to manually launch the utility to add a launcher to the desktop, but after I enter the firefox information, it wasn't on the default desktop, and I'm not really sure where it put that launcher icon actually... Maybe I'm using the wrong terminology when I call it a desktop, it is the area displayed immediately after you log in. F (HowTos)