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I've googled quite a bit but nothing I've found works. I just want to display the Trash, Home folder, Computer etc icons on my Desktop in Ubuntu.

The closest I've come is installing dconf-tools, running it, going to org -> gnome -> desktop -> background and checking show-desktop-icons then org -> gnome -> nautilus -> desktop and checking the icons I want to show.

Nothing happens.

I've also tried looking in compizconfig-settings-manager and gconf-editor but can't find anything there.


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up vote 9 down vote accepted

You can enable them using Unsettings:

Unsettings "Desktop" tab

Or you can use the command line:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop home-icon-visible true
gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop computer-icon-visible true
gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop trash-icon-visible true
gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop network-icon-visible true
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Perfect. I couldn't find Unsettings (well, sudo apt-get install unsettings didn't work) but the command line commands did work. I gotta ask - those commands look remarkably similar to the changes I made using dconf-tools (the paths are identical) - how come it didn't work from there? Thanks again – powerbuoy Mar 13 '13 at 13:07

Story behind

I don't have any of those icons in my desktop, so I just checked the options that you mentioned and this were already activated!

So, maybe there is a problem with dconf, well I don't know, but these configurations doesn't make any change in my system (Ubuntu 12.10).

The answer

  1. Install Ubuntu Tweak Install-It
  2. Click in the Tweaks label and then in the Desktop Icons icon (sounds recursive :) )


  3. Finally you should see a window similar than the following allowing you to show/hide the icons.


This is my result. It works even when donf have different values.

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