So im trying to make a simple shortcut. I know I can create them by manually editing .desktop files but in reality I think a Gnome GUI should provide a solution for this.

There is an application alacarte provided with SLED 12 core that doesn't seem to work. Using both gnomesu and normally.

You go in - make any change and nothing happens. Enable an application - nothing. Create a new desktop short cut - nothing

How does every one else go about this task?

Remember back in the day when you just right clicked?