I don’t much like the look of desktop icons, so I decided I wanted to disable them. I googled the issue, and everything that came up told me to hit alt+f2, type
gconf-editor and hit enter to open the config. From there I could find the option to disable them. Well, Ubuntu told me this wasn’t a valid command. Someone else suggested to try entering it into the terminal, I did and it didn’t work but informed me I could enter
sudo apt install gconf-editor
to get it working.
I did, and after this when I tried to enter gconf-editor in the alt+f2 menu, it did work. However, the configuration editor for me is very bare bones and does not contain much, including the option to disable dekstop icons spelled out in the other post:
Here is Solutions:
We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.
GConf is obsolete and it has been replaced by
gsettings. To disable desktop icons run the following command in Terminal.
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false
For a GUI alternative use
dconf-editor instead of
gconf-editor, navigate to
/org/gnome/desktop/background/, and disable
Alternatively, use GNOME Tweaks (
gnome-tweaks) to turn off the “Show Icons” option in the Desktop tab.
Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂