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How to change desktop icon size?

I had the same problem because I had changed the icon size in a window. So I fixed it back from top-right of an open file browser window! Changing icon size in any file browser window will affect all ...
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How do I remove trash icon from GNOME desktop?

Up to Ubuntu 18.10 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 ...
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Desktop icons gone in 22.04

Apparently, there was an issue during your upgrade where the gnome shell extension that provides the desktop icons was not properly upgraded. Install the extension: sudo apt install gnome-shell-...
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How to change desktop icon size?

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.icon-view default-zoom-level 'small'
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How to change the icons of snap programs?

You don't want to change the .desktop file installed by Snap. You cannot.Instead, override the .desktop file with your own custom version.(Source thread on snapcraft.io.) The snap's .desktop file is ...
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Basic desktop actions are not available on Ubuntu 20.04

Unfortunately, desktop icons are completely broken (which is quite unexpected in a LTS release of Ubuntu) as instead of the file-manager (Nautilus) handling the desktop items, now a GNOME Shell ...
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20.04 - How to change the size and appearance of desktop icons and the way they are handled?

Since some previous versions of Ubuntu.. Desktop Icons are handled by desktop-icons gnome-shell extension. you can achieve the sizes and spacing you mentioned in Question by editing the extensions ...
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Basic desktop actions are not available on Ubuntu 20.04

The reason behind this change in experience compared to older Ubuntu releases is that the GNOME developers have relieved recent versions of Nautilus (aka (GNOME) Files, the default file-manager ...
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How do I remove trash icon from GNOME desktop?

After following Exien's answer on Ubuntu 20.04, the GUI became extremely slow and unresponsive. I had to reinstall Ubuntu even after reverting the value to true which did not fix the problem it ...
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Ubuntu 22.04 (fresh install) desktop entries do not open

This issue does not appear restricted to a dual boot environment. I had this problem as well and also solved it by uninstalling wslu. I do not have Windows or any other OS installed besides Kubuntu 22....
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Xubuntu 16.04--Default desktop icons suddenly disappeared

Ok, I tried a whole bunch of things to my own question, over the course of about 2 hrs, so I'm not 100% sure something I did before this wasn't part of the solution, but this worked for me: In a ...
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How can I always keep the Desktop icons organised, and sorted by name?

Arrange desktop icons alphabetically by command The script below will rearrange a desktop like: ...into an alphabetically ordered desktop like: Ordered: directories first, then files from top to ...
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How to create a desktop icon for an executable?

To get it into the dock: Once the application is running, its icon will show up in the "dock", next to the other app launchers, on the side of the screen. There you can right-click it, and ...
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Shortcut to hide the desktop icons in GNOME 3

I wrote a small script, which changes this option: #!/bin/sh if $(gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons); then new="false"; else new="true"; fi gsettings set org.gnome.desktop....
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How to customize 19.10 Desktop Icon Font Size

as a Admin or for system-wide edit the file /usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions/desktop-icons@csoriano/stylesheet.css .name-label { text-shadow: 1px 1px black; color: green; text-align: ...
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Ubuntu 22.04 (fresh install) desktop entries do not open

sudo apt purge wslu I had this problem on a Mac Mini with a fresh independent machine install. After purging wslu, bingo! The desktop files once again open on the desktop.
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Ubuntu 19.04 and Gnome desktop icons

You can install nemo (Linux Mint's default file manager, which still supports desktop icons) with sudo apt install nemo Then, open the Startup Applications program in your Applications menu. Click ...
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Unable to disable Desktop Icons extension

To disable the default desktop icon extension, run the built-in Extensions application. Then find 'Desktop Icons' under the Built-In section, and disable it there. For some reason it's not possible ...
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How do I get my desktop Icons back on my primary display?

I fixed this in in Display settings (System Settings --> Display). The three monitors I use are different sizes, but after dragging the monitors so that they were aligned along the bottom axis, my ...
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How do I remove trash icon from GNOME desktop?

Ubuntu 19.04 and later The following terminal command works: gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.desktop-icons show-trash false
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Upgraded to GNOME 3 and no desktop icons showing

Open the gnome-tweak-tool and navigate to the desktop tab as shown in the picture below and activate 'Show Icons'. If you don't have gnome-tweak-tool installed you can install it by opening a terminal ...
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Basic desktop actions are not available on Ubuntu 20.04

The current GNOME "desktop" looks more like a pain, not the real desktop. It breaks habits and classic desktop user-experience. And what is even worse is that Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is an LTS ...
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Duplicated icons on the desktop after upgrading to Ubuntu 20.04

As you have mentioned you have 'Xfce' as a third choice while logging into Ubuntu, it is highly likely that you have installed the Xfce desktop environment on top of the default GNOME 3 one. Thus ...
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How to initialize Firefox on wayland always by default?

Add the following to ~/.profile: # Firefox wayland: if [ "$XDG_SESSION_TYPE" == "wayland" ]; then export MOZ_ENABLE_WAYLAND=1 fi and reboot.
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Desktop Icons disappeared on Ubuntu 18.04

I had the same problem, all files on the desktop were gone. I then ran nautilus-desktop from the terminal and the files were shown again. So what happened? I had run usermod -G new-group my-...
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How do I remove the home directory and Trash icons from the desktop in Ubuntu 19.04?

The simplest method is to execute these two commands in a terminal: gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.desktop-icons show-home false gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.desktop-icons show-...
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No icons for automounted volumes on GNOME / Nautilius desktop on Ubuntu 19.04

The mechanism by which desktop icons has fundamentally changed since Ubuntu 19.04. Previously, desktop icons were provided by the file manager Nautilus. That functionality was stripped out of more ...
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Trouble with Copy/Paste to a desktop folder

Working with folders on the desktop is somewhat more limited in functionality on Ubuntu 19.04 than in previous versions. The reason for this is that they had to move to a different mechanism for ...
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Files (Nautilus) in 19.10 - drag-n-drop on desktop doesn't work

Since Ubuntu 19.04, Nautilus doesn't handle desktop icon management, rather it is handled by a GNOME Shell Extension called 'Desktop Icons' (package name: gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons). The ...
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How to create a desktop shortcut to a data file in Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS?

Most text files are associated with a text file editor such as Gedit. This means that if you double click on such a file in the File Manager, the file will be opened in Gedit. If that is the case in ...
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