Friday, March 19, 2010

Hide/Add desktop icons

The default Ubuntu installation might add a few icons on your desktop. If you're a proponent of the "clean desktop" look (like me!) or if you want to add some extra stuff to your desktop, then you need to do some tiny tweaks to change the look. Here's how:

You need to access gconf-editor. There are two ways of doing this.

1. Type gconf-editor in the Terminal and hit Enter


2. Press Alt + F2 from the keyboard and type gconf-editor and hit Enter

Now a new window will be visible which should look something like this:

You now need to navigate to :

apps > nautilus > desktop

Well its pretty simple now, select/unselect the items of your choice:


1 comment:

  1. If you want to hide all icons, instead of individual icon types, use g-conf editor, but navigate to apps > nautilus > preferences and uncheck "show desktop". Aside from being less work, this will also help later, when you want different pictures on your multiple desktops with compiz. Also, I like using my desktop as a trashy bottom drawer to collect misc items I don't want to deal with at the moment, but may sort later... if only I could do this with my office! :D