Fix Add Printers in Gnome 3 (Ubuntu Gnome 13.10)

The Gnome printers utility is frustrating to say the least. The system has the traditional  printer dialog, which can be pulled up by typing the following into the terminal:

system-config-printer

Adding this to the Launcher

I did not want to remember this command for the once in awhile need of adding a printer. So, instead, I created a modified Printer launcher by doing the following:

  1. Open up a terminal
  2. $ cd /usr/share/applications
  3. $ sudo cp gnome-printers-panel.desktop gnome-printers-control.desktop
  4. $ sudo nano gnome-printers-control.desktop
  5. Make the file look like this:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Printers Configuration
Comment=Change system printer settings
Exec=system-config-printer
Icon=printer
Terminal=false
Type=Application
StartupNotify=true
# The X-GNOME-Settings-Panel is necessary to show in the main shell UI
Categories=GNOME;GTK;Settings;HardwareSettings;X-GNOME-Settings-Panel;
OnlyShowIn=GNOME;
X-GNOME-Settings-Panel=printers
# Translators: those are keywords for the printing control-center panel
Keywords=Printer;Queue;Print;Paper;Ink;Toner;
X-Ubuntu-Gettext-Domain=gnome-control-center-2.0

Now you have a Launcher called Printers Configuration!

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