[Continuing to split my big post up into separate ones! Apologies if anything seems disjointed as a result. Of course, now I am getting warnings about doing it too quickly ... ]
3> Saving URLs the quick way - Firefox
I don’t like lots of bookmarks in my browser (Firefox). I have a quick links bar and just have links to the c.6 sites I go to every day. But I do save URLs on my HDD. For example, if I buy a piece of software I would often drag the address bar into the folder with the software on my HDD (e.g. the URL for the software site, or support, as a quick ref). If would save a .url file there. Which acted as a quick link if I ever needed it, double click and it opened Firefox and went to the site. So this was handy for kind of archiving a link with any other documents or files it was connected with.
I noticed the old .url files don’t work in Zorin at all if I double click on them. That’s fine, I can open it in a text editor and copy out the URL, then paste it into the browser. It’s clunky, but obviously over time the .url files will be replaced with the Linux equivalents, which are a .html file in Zorin but work the same way.
However! Zorin won’t let me drag those shortcuts to anywhere except the desktop, then I have to cut and paste it from there to the folder I want. I’ve tried dragging the shortcuts to locations on the Zorin drive and on my HDD, and nothing happens. Only the desktop. So it adds an extra step or two every time I do this, since I have to save it then move it to where I want, rather than drag it straight to the folder that is already open.
Am I missing something? There seems to be a pattern here. In Windows the Desktop was just a folder in a user directory on the C: (and I could back it up like any other, and it behaved the same). But Zorin seems to have totally different rules for the desktop, from other files on the C: equivalent, and again from the D: (which is how I think of the Zorin OS drive and the Data drive, because I’m so used to that after two decades of thinking that way!) Anyway, if there’s a way to make the Zorin desktop work like others, and also so I can drag URL shortcuts into any folder directly, that would help.