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in ubuntu 11.10 on a macbook pro 7.1 i just removed unity and installed back gnome, everything is working perfectly but the desktop. Looks like i can't right-click on it, (while i can on panels and menu), not even with ctrl+alt+right-click and if i $touch something, it creates something but it does not appear in desktop view ( the one with background ).

It's not fundamental but would be nice :) Thanks

ps: I know it's probably a common issue and I searched but its rather difficult to find something, since all keywords refers also to gnome-desktop, and install only related issues are shown :/

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Try these commands in terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background draw-background true
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true
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thank you! quick and effective. – jalone Mar 1 '13 at 2:39
I get lots off error text when trying this : dconf-WARNING : failed to commit changes to dconf: Error spawning command line 'dbus-launch --authlautnch=...' < same with sudo – IanVaughan Oct 19 '13 at 20:48

That's a feature of Gnome 3. You can't right click on or put files/shortcuts on the desktop. It's supposed to be less cluttered/distracting. Quickly googling the issue will find you some tutorials on how to enable that functionality.

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thanks for the explanation, voted Bal since answer was quicker. – jalone Mar 1 '13 at 2:40

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