How to open DESKTOP files

Did your computer fail to open a DESKTOP file? We explain what DESKTOP files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your files.

What is a DESKTOP file?

Files that contain the .desktop file extension are commonly associated with Linux and Unix-based operating systems. These files provide the Linux and Unix systems with a GUI and let the systems know how to launch the associated application.

DESKTOP files are data files that contain information about an item that is located on the user's hard drive. These configuration details contain information about a program's menu, storing details about the name of the program, the program's associated icon file, the command that is used to run the program and other related program data.

The .desktop file suffix is also used by the DesktopX utility, which is a program that allows users to change the way their desktop looks. These files incorporate themes and widgets into the DESKTOP file to customize a user's computing experience.

Software that will open, convert or fix DESKTOP files

These apps are known to open certain types of DESKTOP files. Since many different programs may use DESKTOP files for different purposes, you may need to try a few of the apps to open your specific DESKTOP file.

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