View Full Version : [SOLVED] Toggle visibility of Desktop icons

May 24th, 2010, 09:53 AM
Hi all.

I'm using gnome 2.30.0

I'd like to minimize distractions when I'm trying to focus on tasks while using GUI tools.

Can I toggle the visibility of the icons on the desktop?

Ideally, I'd like to click a button that will clear my visual desktop, so I can focus on what I'm doing. I'd like to be able to easily return visibility of my Desktop icons, so I can then visually navigate through my filesystem.

Is this possible ?

May 24th, 2010, 04:38 PM
Open a text file and paste the following


STATUS=$(gconftool-2 --get /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop)

if [ "$STATUS" == "false" ]; then
gconftool-2 --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop --type bool TRUE
gconftool-2 --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop --type bool FALSE

Save it as toggle_desktop.sh
Right-Click on it, select Properties, select Permissions tab, and check Allow Executing file as program
Right click your panel and add a custom launch pointing to the script

May 27th, 2010, 06:10 AM
That works.
Thank you.