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Hey guys,

I got a Linux Mint 17.3 desktop which is a secondary computer on which I try Linux. I am an experienced Windows user (not an IT pro) but a very new Linux user. Could you guys please assist me with my simple questions about file shortcuts?

1) I use « shortcuts » or « Links » a lot on my Linux Mint 17.3 desktop. There are 3 behaviors that I don?t like from Linux shortcuts coming from Windows 7 that I would like to change if there is are parameters or options for this:

1.1) Any shortcut is created as ?Link to Folder?. Can we change that default setting to just say ?Folder?? When I see the shortcut arrow, it?s clear to me that this icon is a shortcut.

1.2) When you open a Linux Link, you land into the folder, but at the top of the windows explorer, the displayed pathway is something like ?Link to [Folder]? instead of displaying the actual pathway of that folder. Is there any way to change that behavior to display the actual pathway?

1.3) When I create a shortcut in Linux Mint 17.3 (make a link with ctrl + m), I have observed that the link?s pathway is relative if I used another shortcut before, which is very bad because it tends to break shortcuts! Is there any way to change that? This is slightly related to item 1.2. Let me give you an example for item 1.3: Let?s say I have a shortcut on my Linux desktop called ?Link to My Documents?. If I double click it, and decide to make a shortcut to one of the folders inside there, the second shortcut (link) will point to /?/Desktop/Link to My documents/that other folder. That?s bad because if I change the shortcut name of ?Link to My documents? to ?My documents? on my desktop, then it breaks the second shortcut I had made!

2) The default screenshot behavior is unwanted too. It creates a screenshot image file and that file contains ?:? in the file name (the time is displayed like that on the file name) which is bad because it prevents new users from using Windows to think about the problem on the Linux screenshot. Any file with ":" inside the file name cannot be read or deleted from Windows. What other screenshot options or parameters are there in Linux Mint 17.3? Is there a way to change the default file name or change behavior for screenshot to mean ?copy the screen so that you can paste it in Paint? like Windows?

Or is there a shortcut for ?select a part of the screen and copy that? (the equivalent of Windows + s for Windows users who have Onenote)?

3) Is there a way to get the Dropbox icon at the bottom right of the screen in Linux (desktop tray), and have it show the same 3 states it shows in Windows? The desktop tray icon with the green check for ?synced?, the arrows for ?syncing? and the box without anything on it for ?connecting to server?.

Thank you in advance for your help: I am attempting to learn Linux little piece by little piece from a new user perspective with the idea that it may become my main operation system after Windows 7 (instead of Windows 10?s problems).


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