removing icons from the desktop

Asked by fraterchaos on 2006-11-28

ok, this may seem like a stupid question, but is there a way to remove the hard drive icons from ym desktop? I only have two of them, both for fat32 format drives, no other drives or volumes show up, nor do the CDRW or Floppy.

I realize that the main ubuntu drive, the CDRW and Floppy probably should be there too, but I don't really care that they aren't.

What I would like, is to have NO icons on my desktop. But I can't move them, can't delete them, and wouldn't really want to try deleting them from the desktop because that might delete the entire drive(s) from the system. All I want is to get rid of the icons.

I tried looking in the desktop folder, but it lists as empty. (I already moved any prgram link icons to a folder to remove them from the desktop). I tried setting the "show hidden" and still, the desktop folder appears as empty.

Basically, I'm just hoping there is some way to remove the icons without affecting the drives/volumes they represent...


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Yes, this isn't too difficult to do. Press ALT+F2 and in the "Run application" dialog type the following command then click "Run".


Then navigate on the left to Apps --> Nautilus --> Desktop and you will find an option called "volumes_visible". Switch that off. You'll note the change will take effect immediately. You can try toggling it on and off to show it working.

fraterchaos (fraterchaos) said : #2

That did the trick, thanks very much.

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fraterchaos (fraterchaos) said : #3

User confirmed that the request is solved.

Wladston Viana (wladston) said : #4

Is it possible to remove only the HDs, while still showing the removable devices, like pen-drives and CD/DVD's ?

Also, maybe it would be interesting to make this future more acessible ? (like a "hide from desktop" option on the icon properties ?)

Deeemster (deeemster) said : #5

You can also go into gconf-editor

go to desktop --> gnome--> connected server

select the one you want to remove and change the name to include a period as the first character. This hides it from the desktop but keeps it listed in "Places" This works for network shares, I haven't tried for other items.

Mark (mark-osborne1) said : #6

I too had this problem, so thanks for the solution.