I'm running Ubuntu 17.10 with GNOME shell. How do I remove "Trash" icon from desktop?


You may use (GNOME) Tweaks (aka GNOME Tweak Tool) to do that. First install it (if it is not installed) by running the following command in Terminal

sudo apt install gnome-tweaks


sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool

Launch Tweaks and go to Desktop section. Then toggle off (or uncheck) the Trash (or Rubbish bin or Wastebasket) option under "Icons on Desktop".

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Alternatively you may run the following command in Terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop trash-icon-visible false
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    Just tested it in a VM. Works as advertised. Tested the GUI solution with tweak tools and the command line solution. – Videonauth Oct 17 '17 at 22:20
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    Can also confirm the terminal command works as advertised – Brett Beatty Apr 28 '18 at 7:18
  • For the CLI-oriented, the command is gnome-tweaks. – Tomislav Nakic-Alfirevic Sep 15 '19 at 19:04
  • @tomislav They're the same thing. – pomsky Sep 16 '19 at 5:22
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    @scott Yes, because the way desktop icons are handled is changed fundamentally (handler changed from Nautilus to a shell extension), and this is the case since Ubuntu 19.04. – pomsky Oct 30 '19 at 13:35

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