May 16, 2008 · General · Email This Post

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By default, Ubuntu does not show Computer,home,network and Trash icon on the desktop in Ubuntu. Instead Ubuntu shows the Trash icon on the extreme right of the bottom panel. Also having the Trash icon on the desktop in Ubuntu is a good option, because it becomes easier to drag -- drop files onto the Trash icon.

A Computer icon on your desktop gives you easy access to all mounted drives and your home folder at one place just like Windows does. Here is how you can show the Computer,home,network and Trash icon on your Ubuntu Desktop.

Press Alt + F2 and type gconf-editor in the dialog box and Click Run to start the GNOME Configuration Editor.

Now you need to Go to the apps/nautilus/desktop from left menu and On the right hand side,you need to check the following options


You can do few more things from that place too, change the trash_icon_name,home_icon_name,network_icon_name and computer_icon_name.

That's it now you should see The Computer, home and Trash,Network icons on Your Ubuntu desktop

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7 Comments to “Show The Computer, home, Network and Trash icons on Your Ubuntu desktop”

  1. Sudarshan says:


    Can you please give the instructions for Kubuntu too?


  2. as root open gnome-terminal

    # show home icon”
    gconftool-2 \
    –config-source xml:readwrite:/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.defaults \
    -t bool -s /apps/nautilus/desktop/home_icon_visible true

    # show icon computer
    gconftool-2 \
    –config-source xml:readwrite:/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.defaults \
    -t bool -s /apps/nautilus/desktop/computer_icon_visible true

    # show trash icon
    gconftool-2 \
    –config-source xml:readwrite:/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.defaults \
    -t bool -s /apps/nautilus/desktop/trash_icon_visible true

    logout and login for source configuration, enjoy!

  3. cory says:

    This worked perfectly on ubuntu 11.04. thanks so much

  4. DexterIsMyHero says:

    I’ve done this many times, but THIS TIME it didn’t work!

    I’ve got those checkboxes checked in gconf-editor>apps>nautilus>desktop, and also set my default file view to list_view in preferences.

    I’ve rebooted several times and checked the settings again.

    They are still there it changes nothing. What could be the matter?

  5. Changa Dorji says:

    I tried and i am not able to get the icons such as desktop and icon view. instead i get things like [email protected]
    Please help

  6. Andrei says:

    Thanks a lot!

  7. MPMAN says:

    I have ubuntu 14.04 intalled. But I can not get the computer Desktop icon.
    There is no key for it.



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