I have upgraded to 19.04 few weeks ago, I never asked to use desktop icons feature but after the upgrade, the icons appears.

It is disabled in gnome-tweaks: Trying to turn-on/turn-off does not change anything. Disabling the extension support does nothing either.

I tried via gsettings as


gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.desktop-icons show-home false

It hides the icons for 1s, then reappears. Looks like it gets reactivated automatically.

I tried also to reset the settings through gnome-tweaks: no chance. Same for resetting gnome, no chance.

dconf reset -f /org/gnome

Funny enough, people complains about the opposite: icons disappeared after upgrade. Ubuntu 19.04 and Gnome desktop icons


note: "Hello board" <-- this part does not appear in the message despite edition. So, everyone: Hello :)

  • Were you able to find some solution to this?
    – Geek
    May 17 at 6:22

I'm on ubuntu 19.10 and had the same problem. The only way I managed to disable it is to add ['desktop-icons@csoriano'] to /org/gnome/shell/disabled-extensions via the dconf Editor.


I hope this works in ubuntu 19.04 too gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false

  • nope, unfortunately. I will go back to 18.10 or LTS, disappointing
    – Phil2.0
    Jun 17 '19 at 0:17

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