In a previous version of Ubuntu, I used gconf-editor to add icons to the desktop, but now gconf looks confusing. How can I remove the My Computer, Home Folder, and Trash icons from my desktop?
I am assuming you are using Ubuntu 11.10? If you go to the software center you can download "advanced settings" which will allow you to turn on and off those desktop icons. I don't know why they are on there, as I thought on default the desktop doesn't have any icons, but rather they are on the unity bar.