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How to to remove Icons from the Desktop in Gnome

by realz last modified Feb 29, 2008 05:25 PM
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GConf-Editor is a tool used for editing the GConf configuration database. It might be useful when the proper configuration utility for some software provides no way of changing some option.


Assuming you are running on standard Fedora Installation. Valid for Fedora 8 and possibly other releases.


Doing the work:

  1. Open the terminal.
  2. Install gconf-editor if you do not have it installed already. Enter the root password when prompted to.
    su -c 'yum install gconf-editor'
  3. Once installation is complete, press alt+f2 and when the run box appears, enter 'gconf-editor' (without quotes)
  4. Once in gconf-editor, navigate to apps ->nautilus ->desktop
  5. Unselect the check boxes for the items that you do not want on your desktop.
    If you uncheck the volumes_visible box then all of your drives icons will be removed from the desktop. If you prefer hiding all the mounted drives but keep icons for mounted USB drives or Flash Cards, then please refer to this guide by thomasj.

  6. Once you are done just close gconf-editor window.

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We test this stuff on our own machines, really we do. But you may run into problems, if you do, come to #fedora on
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