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I am using Ubuntu 18.04 and on my Desktop there is the Trash icon.

When I use terminal to list the contents of the Desktop I do not see anything related to Trash. I was expecting ".desktop" file such as Trash.desktop, but there is none.

Why is that?

  • You won't see a .desktop file listed it's not there! – George Udosen Dec 29 '18 at 18:47
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There is no .desktop file for Trash in your ~/Desktop/ directory. The trash icon is a feature provided by GNOME shell and/or Nautilus, it's probably hard-coded somewhere.

You can enable/disable this feature using gsettings/dconf. Run the following to hide the trash icon from your desktop

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop trash-icon-visible false

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