If hiding the top bar and side panel isn’t enough and you want everything to disappear from your Ubuntu desktop, you’d probably like to get rid of those pesky icons on its surface as well. Read on to learn how to hide desktop icons in Ubuntu 20.04.
Applying extension preferences
The latest versions of Ubuntu include an “Extensions” application by default, allowing you to modify and extend the way your desktop works. You can find it among your existing apps.
If it is not installed for some reason, open the terminal and type:
Once the app is installed, find it and run it.
Two clicks away
Support for hiding all desktop icons is already built into the Extensions app, so all you need to do is click the “Desktop Icons” button to turn their display on or off.
In most cases, however, you’ll also need a second click – the effects of the extensions will not be applied to your desktop if you don’t activate the extensions themselves. This is done from the toggle switch at the top of the window next to the title “Extensions”.
If you don’t want to hide all the icons on your desktop, just the icons in the Home folder and the trash can, leave icon support enabled. Then click on the gear button next to the toggle switch, leading to a new window with additional options.
From this window, you can use the drop-down menu at the top to set the size of your desktop icons and toggle the display of home folder and trash icons on or off via two respective switches.
By hiding both the top and side panels and desktop icons, you can have an ultra-clean and zen desktop. The only visible elements will be your wallpaper and your windows. If you’re a fan of clean aesthetics or minimalism, you’re probably going to love the results.
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