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Currently, when all windows are minimized and closed, the desktop will show files and folders located in /home/user/Desktop. I want to change this behavior and have my home folder be displayed for more useful access to my files and directories based on how I organize things.

My question is, how can I tell Unity/Nautilus/Whoever to display files and directories from a different folder on my Desktop Wallpaper?

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After doing a search for the string /Desktop, I found this setting in ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs

The setting to change in that file is XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="$HOME/Desktop" and you can use whatever directory you like. I set it to XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="$HOME".

Then log out and back in again.

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