[HOWTO] Enable right click and desktop folder in Gnome 3

In Fedora 15, nautilus does not handle the desktop by default, nor can you right click on the desktop to bring up the menu. To enable this, install gnome-tweak-tool by using Add/Remove Software. Then, launch it and click on File Manager and then change “Have File Manager handle the Desktop” to “on”.
gnome tweak tool
The changes take place instantly.

Hope this helps.

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  • Lee

    Is there a way to remove the home, trash and computer icons from the desktop?

    • Sure,
      Run the following in terminal:
      gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop home-icon-visible false
      gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop trash-icon-visible false
      gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop computer-icon-visible false

      To show them back,
      gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop home-icon-visible true
      gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop trash-icon-visible true
      gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop computer-icon-visible true

    • Sure,
      Run the following in terminal:
      gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop home-icon-visible false
      gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop trash-icon-visible false
      gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop computer-icon-visible false

      To show them back,
      gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop home-icon-visible true
      gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop trash-icon-visible true
      gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop computer-icon-visible true

  • Arun Jose

    It works…. Thanks a lot!!!