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I am using ubuntu-GNOME 16.04.

I am not able to create any files/folders on my Desktop. I do have a ~/Desktop directory , but any files created inside that folder are not reflected on my Desktop.

mkdir ~/Desktop/abcd creates the folder abcd in my ~/Desktop as expected. But doesn't show up on my Desktop.

I don't even have a right-click menu option to create a file/folder on my Desktop.

How can I fix this?

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  • I had a similar issue with my Pi running MATE. Don't remember how I fixed it though :( – You'reAGitForNotUsingGit May 25 '16 at 16:46
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You can configure for Gnome if the Desktop should show items/icons or not using several ways

Using gnome-tweak-tool

Install

sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool

Should look somehow like that enter image description here

Using gsettings from terminal

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons 

You might need to restart nautilus to finish the change

nautilus -q
nautilus
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  • Wow! that was easy. But I still prefer command line. something like gsettings set org.Something related to this behaviour – Severus Tux May 25 '16 at 17:07
  • You could test if gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true works - i got no ubuntu/gnome box handy right now – dufte May 25 '16 at 17:08
  • It works . Perfect! thankyou very much . That was the exact answer I was looking for. please add this method in your answer as it requires to tool :-) – Severus Tux May 25 '16 at 17:11
  • I added the second method as well – dufte May 25 '16 at 17:14
  • I don't think there's a need to restart nautilus. – marcogmonteiro Mar 9 '19 at 19:35

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