[ubuntu] creating shortcuts on desktop

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I have been working on how to create shortcuts to my desktop to a new application I installed on my linuxbox. I hope someone has an answer about how I can create a shortcut on my desktop. I was able to do so before when I use to use gnome desktop, but with unity I have not been able to create any shortcuts to my desktop or anywhere else. Thanks Harold (Hardware)