Is there an easier or more 'correct' way to open gedit as root?

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http://askubuntu.com – I have ubuntu 12.04 running in a virtual machine on virtual box. Its existence is mainly as a 'toy' to play about with Ubuntu, so for this reason I wanted the GUI (is that what 'Dash' is in ubuntu 12.04? Anyway...) One thing I am currently using this machine for is a LAMP server. I use 'gedit' to edit my files, but because I haven't correctly set permissions yet I just open it with sudo in terminal. Just now, to try to simplify this process I created a shell script on the desktop with a very simple job - sudo gedit I can't help thinking there most be an even more obvious way to open g (HowTos)