It's very strange, the computer freeze and I restart it. After the restart I saw 3 icons appeared on the desktop.

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I can't delete them! Right click - "Delete" is not active, as well as the keybord. When I opened the Desktop folder they are not there as well !

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How can I remove them? How they appeared there when I didn't put them there? Why I don't have rights to delete them when I'm administrator. Why the trash doesn't empty when I click on "Empty trash".

So my questions are: How these icons appeared there? How can I delete them, because I don't want them? Why the Trash can not be empty? Simply doesn't work. Why as admin I don't have the rights to delete that icons? Why these icons doesn't appear in "Desktop folder"?

I removed all programs for tuning and installed again Unity tweak tool and Gnome tweak tool. Again nothing ... I still can't remove that icons and I still can't empty the trash.

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    Those are desktop icons, that you can chose to display or not display. Just like you can't delete recycle bin off of the desktop in windows, you have to hide it. What desktop environment are you using? – Tim Aug 11 '14 at 7:01
  • (Ok for now, but please make the images smaller next time if possible.) – Volker Siegel Aug 11 '14 at 7:18
  • Is that your normall wallpaper, or did that change too? It may be a second file manager trying to draw the desktop. That could be persistant if it's saved in the session. – Volker Siegel Aug 11 '14 at 7:21
  • I've got Ubuntu Tweak and Dconf, all the rest applications that can make that problem has been uninstalled. – Rumen Aug 12 '14 at 8:55
  • Tim I just want to choose not to display them, but how? I use Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with Unity - the standard desktop after the upgrade from 13.10. My wallpaper is the same from 12.04, didn't chage it. OK, I clean the system with the cleaner from Ubuntu Tweak how can I delete the session where that icons has beed saved? They should be saved somewhere. The most important is why I can clean the Trash? From nowhere! Even if I open nautilus as root and go to "Empty trash" nothings happens. – Rumen Aug 12 '14 at 9:02

First, install gnome-tweak-tool.

Open a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool
  1. Open up gnome-tweak-tool, click on "Desktop"

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  1. Un-select each of the "Icons on Desktop" like this:

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  • This is the problem - it is turned off and they appeare on the screen! Look at the screenshot: Screenshot here – Rumen Aug 11 '14 at 18:05
  • @Rumen Did you use sudo gnome-tweak-tool? You should not use sudo. – mchid Aug 31 '14 at 3:31
  • No I don't use it with sudo, but I just understand that they dissapeare when Nemo is killed! – Rumen Sep 1 '14 at 6:06

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