Advanced Application Launchers With Zenity

Author: Jacob Barkdull on Sunday, November 07 2010 Comments

If you're like me, you hate when you're in a hurry and just want to start an application, get right to it, and just start working. Well it never works that way when you need it to. You have to start the application then navigate to the directory containing either the various subdirectories or the file(s) you'll need to work on, before you can even start. Wouldn't it be nice to just start the application at the navigation stage? Well you can. As well as: graphically feed text to Espeak or Festival, graphically display a command's output like a directory listing or a file's contents, graphically start a web browser at a specific website like a Google search with your input, and so much more! This is basic BASH and Zenity, so don't worry, it's easy!

GNOME Application Launcher All the examples here use simple code that can be placed in a GNOME Panel Launcher. Simply copy & paste the code into a "Custom Application Launcher" on the GNOME Panel. You can do this by performing a right-click on the GNOME Panel, clicking on "Custom Application Launcher" and filling in the "Name" area and pasting the code into the "Program" area.

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