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I always had my Desktop folder empty, and so I deleted it. After restart, nautilus decided that it should use my home folder as a base, and now my desktop is cluttered with files from my home folder.

I tried recreating Desktop folder, nothing changed.

I tired setting apps/nautilus/preferences/desktop_is_home_dir key to true or false in gconf-editor, but nothing changed.

Also, I tried setting apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop key to false, it did hide all the icons, but also screws some visual effects.

Is there some way to convince nautilus back to using ~/Desktop folder as a base folder for desktop?

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up vote 1 down vote accepted

I do this to hide stuff on the Desktop in the Terminal type

cd ~/Desktop
ls > .hidden

then press


to refresh the desktop and no files.

or the other option is to install

Install gnome-tweak-toolAdvanced Settings

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Select Desktop from the sidebar

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Turn OFF let file manager handle the desktop

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I did that in my ~/, and it seems to work. And I even got to get rid of that Desktop folder! Thanks! – Rogach Jul 25 '12 at 6:55
@Rogach OK you're welcome I expanded the answer with a nether option. – zeitue Jul 25 '12 at 7:06

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