Disable Desktop Icons ‘User Home’ & ‘Trash’ in Ubuntu 19.04

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Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo was finally released. This quick tip is going to show to how to remove the trash can icon and user home folder from the default Gnome desktop.

1. First open Ubuntu Software, search for and install the Gnome Tweaks configuration tool.

2. Launch Gnome Tweaks. It used to have “Desktop Icons” tab in the left pane.

In Ubuntu 19.04, the Desktop icons settings has been merged into Extensions.

  • Select Extensions in left pane.
  • Click the gear button to configure Desktop icons.
  • In popup dialog, turn off the toggles to disable desktop icons.

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  1. gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.desktop-icons show-home false
    gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.desktop-icons show-trash false

  2. I only went to Applications –> System tools –> Tweaks (Retouching)

    Then I select Desktop Icons and turn on it.

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