Enable or Disable Desktop Icons using a GNOME shell Extension

A GNOME shell extension provide capability to enable or disable desktop icons. Gnome tweak tool allows you to do the same function, but this extension brings a switch button in GNOME shell status menu for quicker and easier switching.


Desktop icon switch GNOME shell extension can be installed using “gnome-tweak-tool” or you can installed by following the instructions down below.

Download the DesktopIconsSwitch-3.tar.gz package for the extension, and extract it and move it to GNOME shell directory using commands down below.

Run Terminal “Ctrl+Alt+t”, then type,

tar -zxvf DesktopIconsSwitch-3.tar.gz
mv DesktopIconsSwitch@bananenfisch.net/ ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/

Now open GNOME tweak tool, if you don’t have it, you can install it using this command,

GNOME tweak tool for Ubuntu and its derivatives

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

GNOME tweak tool for Fedora and its derivatives

yum install gnome-tweak-tool

Finally, open GNOME tweak tool, select “shell extensions” and activate the Desktop Icon Switch extension.

Extension tested on Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal with GNOME shell 3.6.2

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