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In 11.10 Using Configuration editor, one used to be able to edit a boolean parameter named : Desktop_Show This allowed to hide/show all desktop icons. This latter was removed in 12.04. Config Editor in 12.04

Someone, knows how to hide desktop icons automatically?

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This looks answered anyway, but that looks like gconf-editor, which is probably why it did not work... –  Wilf Dec 17 '13 at 23:40
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It's in gsettings (& dconf-editor), to do from cli use

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false

From gui open dconf-editor (install dconf-tools) as in screen

dconf-editor

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Thanks that's what I was looking for. –  Hanynowsky Mar 29 '12 at 23:17
    
(Bumpy bump!) When I use this is the final version of Ubuntu 13.04, I can only bring up the launcher one time if the desktop icons are disabled. I then have to alt+TAB to a window, then back to the desktop to bring it up again. The launcher works normally in applications. –  Esso May 6 '13 at 14:44
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The MyUnity application (in the software center) has a lot of useful features for customizing Unity, including the ability to hide desktop icons. The newest version supports 12.04.

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Thanks for the response. I already have MyUnity, Ubuntu Tweak and Unity Settings. What they offer is to show/hide (home, network, trash and computer) icons. While, I am interested in hiding all icons in dekstop (files, folders.....etc). –  Hanynowsky Mar 28 '12 at 17:01
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