How to display Computer,Home,Network,Trash and Mounted volumes icons on ubuntu 12.04 (Precise) desktop

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By default ubuntu 12.04 desktop is set to not diplay any icons.You can see default ubuntu 12.04 desktop screenshot as follows

If you want to display Computer,Home,Network,Trash and Mounted volumes icons on ubuntu 12.04 (Precise) desktop follow this tutorial

Preparing your system

Open the terminal and run the following command

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true

Now you need to restart your ubuntu system before running the following commands.

Run all the commands from your terminal

For Computer Icon

To show the Computer icon run the following command

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop computer-icon-visible true

To hide the Computer icon run the following command

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop computer-icon-visible false

For Home icon

To show the Home icon run the following command

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop home-icon-visible true

To hide the Home icon run the following command

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop home-icon-visible false

For Network icon

To show the Network icon run the following command

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop network-icon-visible true

To hide the Network icon run the following command

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop network-icon-visible false

For Trash icon

To show the Trash icon run the following command

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop trash-icon-visible true

To hide the Trash icon run the following command

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop trash-icon-visible false

For Mounted Volumes

To show Mounted Volumes run the following command

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop volumes-visible true

To hide Mounted Volumes run the following command

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop volumes-visible false

After enabling icons should show similar to the following screen


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7 thoughts on “How to display Computer,Home,Network,Trash and Mounted volumes icons on ubuntu 12.04 (Precise) desktop

  1. If you want a “My Computer from windows” style Computer Icon.

    Use this, I use it on Zorin OS 7 which is based off Ubuntu 13.04

    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=Computer
    Comment=Access and organize files
    Keywords=folder;manager;explore;disk;filesystem;
    Exec=nautilus –new-window computer:///
    Icon=system
    Terminal=false
    Type=Application
    StartupNotify=true
    OnlyShowIn=GNOME;Unity;
    Categories=GNOME;GTK;Utility;
    MimeType=inode/directory;application/x-gnome-saved-search;
    Actions=Window;

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