How to use your Home folder as your Desktop in Ubuntu

If you’re at all like me, your desktop can become rather cluttered with files over time. One way to at least have files stored in your /home folder rather than your /home/Desktop folder is to set your /home folder as your actual Desktop. This is particularly helpful if you use a separate larger drive as your /home folder.

It’s probably worth mentioning that this isn’t actually specific to Ubuntu. You can do this with any *nix distribution that uses Gnome as the desktop manager.

  1. Open the gconf-editor by typing Alt+F2 on your keyboard. Enter gconf-editor in the space provided and click the Run button.
  2. ubuntu run dialog box

  3. From the left navigation pane, select apps -> nautilus -> preferences. In the window on the right side, place a check in the box labeled desktop_is_home_dir. Close the gconf-editor.
  4. gconf-editor
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  5. Save any open work and log out (press ctrl+alt+del on your keyboard). Sign in again, and your “Desktop” will actually be your /home folder.
  6. ubuntu desktop
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  • marco

    an alternative way to do so is, to create a symbolic link ‘Desktop’ that points to your home directory :

    #go to your home directory
    cd ~

    #remove folder ‘Desktop’
    rmdir Desktop

    #create symbolic link ‘Desktop’
    ln -s . ./Desktop

  • faras

    انا قد قومة بتنزيل اليونكس (ubuntu) وعندم اريد تنزل تعريف الموديم الخاص بالانترنيت رفض التعريف وليس الموديم فقط بل كل شي يتعلق با التعريفات
    وعندم سائلة بعض الاخوان عن ذلك قالو لي بان هناك اليوقونة يتم تنزله من النت لكي تتعرف علي دساكات الوندوز
    اريد من اين اتحصل عليها

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  • Alexandre

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