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Since upgrading to Ubuntu 19.10 I cannot save files and links to the desktop. With Ubuntu 19.04 I used a GNOME extension called "Desktop icons" to do this but it doesn't work in 19.10. I can't find anything in the setup or GNOME Tweaks to enable this. The file ~/Desktop exists and still contains the files and folders which were on my 19.04 desktop.

Out of interest, why is it nowadays regarded as a bad thing to save things on the desktop? I still find it useful to put stuff I'm either working on or use a lot there.

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    I have found a Gnome extension that does the job 'Desktop Icons NG (DING) by rastersoft' But I would still like to know how to enable this myself without and extension. – SteveInBavaria Nov 6 at 14:17
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    Re. "why is it nowadays regarded as a bad thing to save things on the desktop?", it's because the GNOME developers think so. There are other desktop environments (or file managers) that let you do what you want. – Justice for Monica Nov 6 at 15:22
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    @DKBose Just for the record, the link you added to your comment doesn't actually support the idea that GNOME developers think it's a bad thing to save things on the desktop. It rather discusses in detail the difficulties and drawbacks of having the file manager (Nautilus) handling the desktop icons. It also includes some potential workarounds, viz. using Nemo desktop, creating a GNOME Shell extension etc. (the second idea is already implemented on Ubuntu 19.04 and later in the form of the desktop-icons extension). – pomsky Nov 6 at 17:33
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    @SteveInBavaria Yes, I don't think it's a duplicate either. I voted to reopen. Once it is open, you should consider expanding your comment that the "DING" extension works as an answer to help future readers. – pomsky Nov 6 at 17:53
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    @Terrance I can't see why though. It seems OP here is unable to access items on desktop to begin with after upgrading to 19.10, let alone the drag-and-drop feature. OP mentioned desktop items were accessible before upgrading (with 19.04) with the help of the "desktop icons" extension, but for some reason OP is unable to make the extension work with 19.10. Note that this question does not mention the drag-and-drop feature at all. However, if the answer below also solves the problem raised in the other question, it would be helpful to post the same answer to the other question too imo. – pomsky Nov 7 at 5:42
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I have found a Gnome extension that does the job Desktop Icons NG (DING) by rastersoft

  • This extension lack all options which we can have from original Desktop Icons provide. Options like: 1. Hide Trash Icons 2. Remove Home Folder & last 3. Resize icon size – Prabesh bhattarai Nov 14 at 3:48

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