File Extension DESKTOP


File extension: DESKTOP
File type: Desktop Entry File

Notes about the DESKTOP file extension:

To open this file type, a required software must be installed. Without it you only see a Windows message "The following file cannot be opened" (Windows 7) or "How do you want to open this file?" (Windows 10) if you double-click the file. There click on "More apps" and choose a suitable software to view such files on your PC or from email attachments.

The DESKTOP file type is primarily associated with 'Desktop Entry Standard'. Both the KDE and GNOME desktop environments have adopted a similar format for "desktop entries," or configuration files describing how a particular program is to be launched, how it appears in menus, etc. These environments provide a GUI to the Linux operation system.

Detailed information for file extension DESKTOP:

Primary association: Desktop Entry Standard
Mime type: application/x-desktop, application/x-gnome-app-info
Identifying characters Hex: 5B 44 65 73 6B 74 6F 70 20 45 6E 74 72 79 5D 0A , ASCII: [Desktop Entry]
Related links: The K Desktop Environment (KDE), The GNOME Project, Desktop Entry Specification

Other applications associated with file type DESKTOP:

  • DesktopX (Theme) by Stardock Corporation, Inc.DesktopX is a program that makes it possible for users to build their own desktops. This is the extension that replaced .DXTHEME.
  • KDevelop (Desktop Template File) by KDevelop Team, KDevelop is a free software integrated development environment for the KDE desktop environment for Unix-like computer operating systems. , , KDevelop does not include a compiler; instead, it uses an external compiler such as gcc to produce executable code.
    , , The KDevelop-Project was founded in 1998 to build up an easy to use IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for KDE. Since then, the KDevelop IDE is publicly available under the GPL and supports many programming languages. , Related links: Wikipedia KDevelop Page
  • Unknown Apple II File ((found on Golden Orchard Apple II CD Rom))
File Identifier - TrID
'Identifying characters' used on are
provided by Marco Pontello from his TrID database

To change file associations press Windows Key + X and then Apps and Features > Default apps > Choose default apps by file type. Invalid file associations could be the result of underlying issues within your Windows PC.

Technical data

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System Info for File Extension .DESKTOP

The following listing is compiled from the database produced by the 'Associate This!' program, selected data from the main FILExt database and information FILExt collected directly from user systems.

ProgramID: DesktopFile
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Stardock\OBJECT~1\DesktopX\DesktopX.exe %1

ProgramID: DesktopFile
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Stardock\Object Desktop\DesktopX\DesktopX.exe

ProgramID: DesktopFile
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Stardock\OBJECT~1\DesktopX\DesktopX.exe -noui

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