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I don't like icons on my desktop. On Windows I simply click right on the desktop and uncheck "Show Desktop Icons" or so. Couldn't find any similar option in Ubuntu 10.10.

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Nils, perhaps you could consider setting my answer as the accepted answer ;) – Thomas Boxley Jul 11 '11 at 13:33
Sry it seems that I overlooked it somehow. – Nils Jul 12 '11 at 21:12
up vote 6 down vote accepted

To disable the desktop icons, press Alt + F2 and type gconf-editor and hit Enter. After the Configuration Editor opens, expand the "apps" tree and scroll down and expand the "nautilus" menu, click on "preferences" and uncheck "show_desktop".


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