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Friday, May 4, 2012

Create Shortcuts on the Desktop to Run Programs as Root in Ubuntu 11.10

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Programs, such as Nautilus or gedit, allow you to browse or view all the files on your system, but they only allow you to change or create new files in your home directory (e.g., /home/lori) and its subfolders.

We’ve previously showed you how to access an advanced file manager if you're using Linux Mint 12. If you're using Ubuntu 11.10, it's easy to set up a shortcut that allows you to open any program as root or another user.

To be able to create a shortcut in Ubuntu 11.10, you must install some packages. See our article about creating shortcuts in Ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10 for instructions.

NOTE: When we tell you to type or enter text into an edit box or at the command prompt, and the text is surrounded by quotes, DO NOT type the quotes, unless otherwise specified.

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