Is it possible to hide the text under the desktop icons? I'd like to have them fit into the background and the text is a bit ugly. setting the text to blanks or spaces would make them not work because they are references to app launchers.

I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 with Unity launcher if that helps.

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  • Hmm, Google search reveals nothing. I might have to install a VM, because believe it or not I don't have an ubuntu machine 😂
    – Dev
    Jan 5, 2017 at 11:21
  • You earned my upvote though. Since a google search reveals ~nothing, any answers to this question would be a great resource to anyone in the future
    – Dev
    Jan 5, 2017 at 11:27
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    Jan 5, 2017 at 12:43

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Install package dconf-tools

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

Open dconf-editor


under /org/gnome/nautilus/desktop change the "font" key to "Ubuntu 0"

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Command-line alternative to this same approach which doesn't require dconf-editor installation is the following command (note the quoting):

dconf write /org/gnome/nautilus/desktop/font '"Ubuntu 0"'
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    Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Good one! Upvoted!
    – Fabby
    Jan 5, 2017 at 12:41
  • Thank you Fabby. And thanks Serg for the image display correction.
    – 29axe
    Jan 5, 2017 at 12:45

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