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    simple desktop customization question

    Hello,

    I just have a very simple customization question. I just upgrade to 9.04 yesterday and am very pleased with it, except that whenever I want to see my Home folder I have to click into a menu. Is there a way to place a shortcut on the desktop? I tried dragging the menu icon to the desktop and it started copying everything over, so I cancelled that. Thanks!

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    Re: simple desktop customization question

    Yo, I'm not sure if this is what you're talking about but you can right click the desktop folder and go to Folder View Settings. From here you can set your desktop to be your /home folder, so your /home directory is displayed on the desktop.
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    Re: simple desktop customization question

    Do alt+F2 - then run gconf-editor

    Navigate to /apps/nautilus/desktop

    In the right hand pane tick home icon visible

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    Re: simple desktop customization question

    Well, close. I don't want to change the Home folder's location, just place a shortcut to it on the desktop.
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    Re: simple desktop customization question

    open a terminal

    type gconf-editor

    go to

    apps/nautilus/desktop

    see screen shot

    check home folder




    I usually use this to remove all the icons from my desktop



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    Re: simple desktop customization question

    easier way above.
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    Re: simple desktop customization question

    Quote Originally Posted by forestpixie View Post
    Do alt+F2 - then run gconf-editor

    Navigate to /apps/nautilus/desktop

    In the right hand pane tick home icon visible
    Thanks! That's a pretty obscure/unknown thing, I had no idea that would have been the steps to take.
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    Re: simple desktop customization question

    Right click somewhere free on the desktop... Now go into "Create Launcher"... You have a new window, In this change the TYPE: In the dropdown from Application to >>> Location. In Name just type "home"... for the location put Home/Username.
    Last edited by Spiritous; April 26th, 2009 at 07:17 PM. Reason: Typo
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    Re: simple desktop customization question

    Quote Originally Posted by baxna View Post
    Well, close. I don't want to change the Home folder's location, just place a shortcut to it on the desktop.
    Easy.

    Right-click your desktop and select "Create Launcher".

    In the "Name" block, put whatever you want to call the icon.

    In the "Command" block, put

    nautilus /home/username

    where username is your logon name.

    Click OK and you're done
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    Re: simple desktop customization question

    For any other location, right-click on the desktop and choose "creare launcher" but make the launcher type "Location" and just put in the location in the command part. You can change the icon too, by clicking on the picture.


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