[Qgis-developer] QGIS on Windows: order another desktop to accommodate all the icons

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Sun Mar 13 10:14:29 PDT 2016

On 2016-03-13 2:08 PM, Jeff McKenna wrote:
> On 2016-03-12 3:37 PM, Anita Graser wrote:
>> Yeah, my first reaction usually is to delete all icons.
>> Which icons would you add by default? Only QGIS Desktop (skip Browser
>> and all the dependencies)?
>> I guess this will require e​xtra installer logic because the installer
>> needs to know that the user is really only interested in QGIS and not
>> all the other stuff that gets installed as well.
>> Or would you suggest to present the user with a dialog to chose which
>> icons should be added to the Desktop?
>> Thanks for the discussion!
>> Best wishes,
>> Anita​
> I would have the standalone installer only add 2 shortcuts on the desktop:
>   - one shortcut for "QGIS Desktop 2.14.1" (that starts QGIS Desktop)
>   - one shortcut for "QGIS All Start Items" that when clicked opens a
> folder containing shortcuts to all of the other items (GRASS, Browser,
> Qt Designer, SAGA, Setup)
> If you want to get fancy (and have the time to modify the installer
> scripts) then you could add a dialogue to allow the user choice of what
> shortcuts to add.
> -jeff

Actually, maybe even make it more simple for the new user:

- one shortcut for "QGIS 2.14.1" (that starts QGIS Desktop, as only 
experienced QGIS users know the difference between desktop and browser)
- one shortcut for "QGIS All Start Items"


Jeff McKenna
MapServer Consulting and Training Services

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