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Hi all, is there a way to hide the icons put on the Desktop temporarily? I've done some searching on the web, and Windows simply has a "Show Desktop Icons" ...
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    Hiding Desktop icons in GNOME (during presentations etc.)


    Hi all,

    is there a way to hide the icons put on the Desktop temporarily? I've done some
    searching on the web, and Windows simply has a "Show Desktop Icons" item
    to enable/disable, is there anything similar in GNOME?

    I like Desktop icons, I just don't want the world to see them when I run a presentation
    on my computer.

    thanks! kai

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    Hi,

    if not already done so, install the program gconf-editor.
    I think you must start in on the command line.

    Then go to the entry /apps/nautilus/preferences
    and uncheck the box "show_desktop".

    There might be an easier way to switch this registry key -- I don't know.
    Debian GNU/Linux -- You know you want it.

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    I don't think there is an easier option, unless you write your own script to do it. Or, find someone who has already done the work, such as this person
    Show/Hide Desktop Icon On Ubuntu Silent's Spot

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    Thanks for you both! The script looks very promising, I'll give that a try. Else
    I can resort to gconf editing.

    cheers, kai

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    try

    Code:
    gconftool-2 --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop --type boolean false
    to diable desktop icons

    then

    Code:
    gconftool-2 --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop --type boolean true
    nohup nautilus &
    to enable.
    In a world without walls and fences, who needs Windows and Gates?

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    thanks, blinky.

    the gconftool calls is what the script at Silent's Spot is using, too.
    i'm using the "-n" flag in the nautilus call to start up without additional browser windows.

    cheers, kai

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