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.
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